Fun Friday Links: Jerry Grezinger’s Never-Ending Map and Hacking Office Collaboration with Zappos
Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK!
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“You know, the map began as just a doodle,” admits Jerry Gretzinger in the short video below. Since childhood, Gretzinger has worked obsessively on a map of an imaginary world. Today it contains over two thousand panels of cities, farms, roads, facilities, and even threatening white voids.
Not all of us have the luxury of spending our days working on personal projects, but isn’t it interesting that those of us who do often turn to such creative outlets? It’s further proof, I think, that so much of the core of life is about art and imagination and storytelling–especially when it’s in ways the creator himself can’t fully understand.
“It’s alive, it changes,” adds Gretzinger. “My hand puts the paint on the paper, and then I step back and say, ‘Wow, look at that!,’ as though I was not the perpetrator. I… I’m just the observer.”
This September, Tony Hsieh of Zappos is moving his entire culture-crazed operation to the former City Hall of Las Vegas. The building is going through some serious renovations, including some quirky hacks of Hsieh’s:
- Power and Ethernet cords dangling from the ceiling
- Common areas > personal space
- A building layout that forces employees to cross paths, no matter their department
- Work with strangers, not your colleagues
If Jerry Gretzinger’s approach to creation and Tony Hsieh’s approach to collaboration had a baby, it would probably behave a lot like Michael Lin. The Shanghai-based artist has spent years shaking up traditional art methods by collaborating with people from different disciplines.
“In a way, most of the time I didn’t know what I was doing,” he admits. “I was just trying to find out.”
The results have been nothing short of fascinating. His latest project, “Model Home – A Proposition by Michael Lin,” simultaneously explores the process of contemporary art production and the expansion of our urban landscape. Participants included the “untrained hands” of migrant workers, as many of them painted into his own art practice the inside of the exhibition space. He also collaborated with professional architects to design a “temporary home” for the workers to live in.