Ulf Ericsson: "A Spatial Turn on Recovery from Work"
Does the in-between exist? And if so, does it have any significance for our wellbeing?
In this seminar I will discuss the vital process of recovery from work, and argue that to understand that process there is a great potential in what could be define as spaces in-between. The type of stressors we are exposed to in working life, or due to conflicts between work and other roles in life, mostly have the character of everyday often recurring strain and irritation.
This form of low-intense stress can lead to mental deterioration. When resources are consumed we need time to reboot and recreate energy. We need time for recovery, which ought to take place somewhere. Depending on organizing processes in our working life, these “whereabouts” are more or less accessible. How space is controlled, managed, experienced and constructed affects its potential of being a place for recovery.
Through these avenues this seminar will discuss how an increase in surveillance, control and transparency rationalize and streamlines the spaces in-between “turning them” in to formal and corporate space. I will also try to highlight the potential in the space in-between and illustrate when these spaces are successfully constructed and made use of as recovery from work.
This potential is associated with the process of re-constructing these particular spaces to humanized meaningful places.