The „White-Crowned Sparrow” explores the vision of the new workspace by placing it in the physical space as well as in the mental sphere of one’s mind. The project teeters on the edge of two worlds where the distance between work and leisure is inevitably shortened. In my work, I start from the presumption that it makes no difference if we change the environment, our mind always stays in a state of work or rest – waiting for a job. Thereby, I stand up against work authority, unpredictability, and its constant presence by presenting a series of spatial and visual experiments in the work setting.
For this purpose, I use the medium of observation as a tool to stimulate my work efficiency, undergo a top-down control and spatial activity. During the experiment, I perform the act of work – writing, in the condition of a constant observation from the outside. The observation is a two-way process by which the observed and the observer are one and the same entity. It takes place in the present time due to the transfer of the image from two spaces simultaneously.
By this, I investigate the relationship between work and temporary presence, the common collaboration in one space and finally the relationship between the constant immaterial presence of the viewer through web network.I document its results on short feature films and transcribe the work productivity on tachograph charts – data analysis of working time and activity i.e. work shift, duty (waiting) and rest.
At the initial stage of the experiment, I create a physical work that uses the passerby’s presence as a driving force to perform. However, it results in low effectivity due to irregular frequency of insights. In other words, the impulse of obligatory work is not sufficiently stable and thus does not allow to completely relax and to forget about its existence.
At the last stage, I submit to the capitalist tendencies of work in a continuous system and create the world in which I fully become a product myself and I am constantly observed from the outside. I move my workspace from physical space to the internet, creating a simulation of the live streaming channel.
Thanks to this, I become independent from the location, physical activity and forms the possibility of working remotely in isolated space. In effect, the observed becomes work itself, still dependent on audience activity, however with the possibility of managing it. For the observers, I might create an optimal work environment in real-time, provide entertainment or just make one ask the question: „who works for who?”
“I am the most productive if I feel their eyes on me.”