Sentient Excavations

Sentient Excavations

Developing a social practice as an artist. A talk that took place within the first exhibition of artworks in our offices.


Wednesday 15 June 2022, 1pm — 2.30pm
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Juliet Scott, Still Life on Object Relations merged- A1(1), monotype in oil, 2020

This talk took place within Sentient Excavations, our first exhibition of artworks on show in our offices, taking its title from Juliet Scott’s ongoing artistic residency and work with our archive.

The works in the exhibition comprise a series of drawings and prints based upon object relations cards that were both found and surplus to the archive; and illustrations from Social Dreaming matrices that took place across a variety of contexts as part of Juliet’s organisational and educational practices.

The exhibition also includes works by Simone Kennedy, our first visiting artist-in-residence, and her relationship as she returned home to the UK, to the archive, and to the Tavistock theories and practices that have guided her in this exploration.

The talk engaged with collaborations with other artists (within and without the Institute) as taking place in the phenomenological field of organisations and Tavistock systems psychodynamic approaches, approaching art as a complicated illumination between social science, aesthetic, psychophysical and cultural practices, such as archiving and curation, which we are noticing can help in considering new shapes and forms for organising at a time when current structures are proving deficient for new social movements.

Juliet works across several roles and identities at the Institute – leadership and management, artist, consultant, researcher, educator. She leads the arts and organisation work and is Co-Director of Deepening Creative Practice with Organisations.

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