2.0 Journal Entry 04-13-21

Okay it's rough... but here is the draft of my thesis statement:

Time is the monetary exchange that happens within cycles. Spending and wasting time. Earning and cherishing time. It is a complicated relationship for women in the workplace—days, hours, and minutes become a method of control and constraint but when returned become a reclamation of slowness and intention. The modern work environment was crafted without regard to women—the traditional perception and function of “work” in the United States is based on the male body and male productivity as a way to feed a capitalist economy.

This led me to the question: How would American work culture operate if it was built to serve women and the cyclical nature of their bodies?

As a response, my process began with redesigning artifacts from the workplace to challenge the understanding of how time functions for women. I then created an imaginary study printed on a risograph and digitized on the internet that held these excavated artifacts—A Future History: Women & the Transformed Experience of Time in the Workplace.

This imagined “Future History” exists as an alternative to women’s current experience women have in the workplace. In an abstract and whimsical way, the study breaks down “the past 75 years” (our next 75 years) and the objects and subsidies attempted to relieve the way women experience time at work.

To speculate on the way this world looks, runs, and connects, I conducted interviews with four women on their current experience of time in the workplace. This led to conversations about fatigue, career frustration, and menstrual cramps. These interviews and the research of other women’s work around speculating futures provided insight to a feminist, abundant web of women and a shared dissatisfaction—but also a shared imagination.

Perhaps the most realistic conclusion I came to out of the whimsical world was the importance of citations that interconnect the research and imaginary observations. I added footnotes throughout the study that connected back to the work that influenced my thinking. In the e-reader version of this study, these citations become an interactive archive of imagined futures for women.

I decided not to start with what I made because I felt like a setup would be helpful but perhaps it's not straightforward enough.

Journal Entry 10
Erica Heathcote