• On Noise! Philosophy-Art-Organization

This book explores the obnoxious behavior and movements of noise. However, what is noise? What is it doing to us and to our world? How can we live and move with noise? How do we produce and distribute our own noise? These questions and many more are discussed through a philosophical investigation of noise.

Starting off from the statement that ‘noise is nature’, it soon becomes clear that there is more to noise than just nature. In an attempt to deal with nature, we have started to order it and put it into boxes. One of these boxes is the container for living, the peculiarities of which harken back to the musings of Plato on his cave and catapult us into contemporary times where office cells mirror those of the monastery.

Although any definite answers will be absent, there is still much to tell about noise, even if it remains in the realm of the obscure or the obscene.

The book will be released in 2020 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • On Mirrors! Philosophy-Art-Organization (with Anthony R Yue) (2018)

This is a book about mirrors…and art… and organization.

The beginnings arise from recognizing that we are caught in the mirror. We are under its spell and enchanted by its reflections. We are beguiled. Mirrors direct us without our awareness, largely because we do not perceive them as mirrors. This is problematic because mirrors are everywhere. Mirrors deliver the sucker-punch.

Our considerations as arty animals take us to a philosophy of mirrors. A philosophy that investigates the art of painting, cartoons, architecture, music, photography and film, as well as belching and boozing robots, ‘geil’ photographers, monkish cells, cesspools, hairy auditions and clauding . Philosophers like Heidegger, Sloterdijk, Deleuze, Serres, Baudrillard or Rancière join us in this adventure. 

This results in new insights and unique viewpoint which open up the hidden and secretive world of mirrors and help us to engage in unique and exciting relations with mirrors, and offers a critical challenge to contemporary organization theory.

  • Cliché & Organization, thinking with Deleuze & Film (2016)

Organizations are caught in clichés. This means that they do not think for themselves anymore, but rather simply copy pre-existing ideas. This is giving rise to a world which pretends to be knowable, predictable and mouldable, one in which clichés like efficiency, transparency, means-ends rationality, and the strong leader are used without further thought or critique. This is the reason why organizations come into conflict with themselves, and which causes a seemingly unresolvable crisis. Film, however, can show us a totally different world. It has a subversive potency that can wake up the viewer, making them think again, allowing them to see a world which cannot be perceived anymore. It can show the world as it really is again, and can enable us to break through clichés.

This book adopts a unique viewpoint on organizations, through its use of film. With the help of philosophers like Deleuze, Heidegger and Sloterdijk, filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, Cronenberg, Antonioni and Tarkovsky and films like The Big Lebowski, eXistenZ, Stalker and Playtime, a world is revealed and explored. It shows the decisive role played by architecture, and why managers are manipulative and impotent at the same time.é-and-organization

  • Cliché & Organizatie, denken met Deleuze & film (2014)

Organisaties zitten vast in clichés. Dit betekent dat ze niet meer denken, maar alleen nog kopiëren. Het is een wereld die kenbaar, voorspelbaar en maakbaar pretendeert te zijn. Een wereld waarin clichés als efficiency, transparantie, doelgerichtheid of de sterke leider, kritiekloos gebruikt worden. Hierdoor raken organisaties in conflict met zichzelf en ontstaat er een crisis die onoplosbaar schijnt te zijn. Film kan ons een heel andere wereld laten zien. Ze heeft een subversieve potentie die ons wakker kan schudden en weer aan het denken zetten. De film toont een wereld die we niet meer kunnen waarnemen en waarvan we vervreemd zijn geraakt. We zien de wereld weer zoals ze is en worden in staat gesteld clichés te doorbreken en het vertrouwen in deze wereld terug te krijgen.

Cliché en Organisatie is een ongebruikelijk boek dat een kritische houding inneemt ten opzichte van andere boeken over organisaties. Het is noodzakelijk omdat onze wereld door organisaties wordt gedomineerd. Het is anders omdat meer van hetzelfde ondraaglijk wordt. De wereld tonen in al haar onbegrijpelijkheid en hier onze weg in zoeken is wat nodig is. Met behulp van filosofen als DeleuzeHeideggeren Sloterdijk, filmakers als de CoenBrothersCronenbergAntonioni of Tarkovsky en films als The Big LebowskieXistenZStalker & Playtime wordt de wereld die voor ons zichtbaar is geworden getoond en verkend. Het laat zien dat architectuur een bepalende rol speelt en dat managers zowel manipulatief als onmachtig zijn. Het is een paradoxale wereld die niet eenduidig is. Hierdoor biedt het hoop in een wereld waarin we het vertrouwen verloren hebben.

Cliché & Organisatie is op 28 maart 2014 verschenen via Uitgeverij IJzer.

In 2015 is het boek genomineerd als boek van het jaar door de OOA (Orde van Organisatie Adviseurs.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright – NOMAD

This book is a philosophical investigation into the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. It connects philosophical concepts like nomadology, rhizome or smooth space to the specific characteristics, thoughts and behavior of the desert dwelling Taliesin West in Scottsdale (AZ). The book explores architectural question on moving, hiding and time. It is a poetic movement of text and images. The images have been shot by Dutch artist Huubke Rademakers and refer to the 1911 Wasmuth photobook by Frank Lloyd Wright. In this received the gentle cooperation of the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation at Taliesin West. The book presents a new and strongly  needed perspective on architecture and nomadology. The book is still under construction.

Book Chapters

  • Hula-Hoops & Cigars, hiccups & stutters, thinking with film about organizational control (with Anke Strauß), in the book Aesthetics, Organization & Humanistic Management (edited by Monika Kostera & Cezary Wozniak.

  • Monks, Rats & Explosions, in SCOS book
  • Steam Dream, in Connecting Values to Action, Non-Corporeal Actants and Choice, by Christopher M. Hartt (Ed.)
  • Film as Shock to Thought, in Turn to Film

Other Works

  • De Paradox van Bouwen en Wonen
  • Transcription of Inspiration, lecture by Peter Sloterdijk
  • Book Review Dialogues between Art & Business by Anke Strauß
  • Bike Traces 2020 – a report of biking 750 non-electric kilometers through the lowlands

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