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Jan 13, 2014

Saville’s shout: Syd Festival picks … the open-plan office … futility of resolutions …

Unless your New Year's resolution is to move from an open-plan office to a closed one, they're probably as useless as they are harmless. And the best of the Sydney Festival.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Dancing in the dark. If attending events at an arts festival is about challenging your personal boundaries, then Eclipse, with African musicians Amadou and Mariam, is the perfect show. The 90-minute performance is conducted in pitch darkness, although the audience is told that raising a white card will enable ushers wearing night vision goggles to lead them from the room. The first 10 minutes is hard as you adjust to the claustrophobic feeling of not being able to see the person next to you, but the show is so enjoyable that it’s worth overcoming the discomfort.

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2 thoughts on “Saville’s shout: Syd Festival picks … the open-plan office … futility of resolutions …

  1. John Newton

    After a long period spent as a freelancer with my own office, able to keep my own hours, scratch my balls and fart when I felt like it, I returned to full time employment and the horrors of an open plan office. Later I wrote a story for Monument about the theory and practice of open plan.

    In the last paragraph, I noted that ‘The Microsoft Corporation is offering a novel inducement to seduce the best of Silicon Valley’s knowledge workers. Not Porsches, not money, not platinum credit cards – but offices: with walls, a Bigelow on the floor, and a name on the door.’

    Maybe George Bernard Shaw was more accurate than he thought when he wrote, in The Irrational Knot, “A man who has no office to go to – I don’t care who he is – is a trial of which you can have no conception.”

  2. grubbidok

    Not sure why Crikey is encouraging employees to read the New Yorker piece on open plan offices, I’m yet to meet an employee that actually likes them!

    It’s the employers and architects that need to read it!

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