Drawings See thesis page 172.
This thesis begins with The Pink Suit, a comic strip I have created
which comments on an interventionist social art project, the Manager
in Residence Project. In this respect, this doctorate resides at
the nexus between the arts and the social sciences.
A personal level the forms
the background, me as artist writing a thesis in the management department
at Essex Business School. The thesis develops a framework premised on
the history and epistemology of both social science and art, placing
a particular focus on the field of organizational studies.
Within this tradition I discuss the controversial relationship in western
culture between knowledge generated by text on the one hand and pictures
on the other. This relationship is exemplified in the comic medium.
Potential of comic is examined, both as a tool for communication about
organizations, and as an example of the transgression between different
types of knowledge. The interplay between pictures and text in a given
comic page is organized by is own medium–specific rules. Comparisons
to other forms of visual display of data like maps and organigrams convey
both similarities and differences to already established praxis. The
sequential manner in which a comic unfolds is fundamental to the means
by which its diagrammatic elements underlie its narrative.
Ultimately, I conclude by presenting eight different features of comic
which help illuminate issues of communication within organizational
As regards epistemology and ontology, I suggest ultimately that increasing
the awareness and interpretation of visual knowledge both broadens the
means by which organizational data can be presented and enhances our
understanding of the world.