(In the news)

The Government maintained that the murder of a prostitute at the hands of a customer is not considered domestic violence due to the absence of bonding between the perpetrator and the victim.

In this case, and in many others, the policies are dictated refusing any kind of affects that they might suppose. And the language has changed going back in time where rationality has imposed to all women, horizontal, sentimental bodies...
(A dialog)

But some crazy folks insist and say:
- Oh, no, this is not a place for empathy!
- They are so worried about messing up with human feelings.
- This is not a place for...
- I don’t understand.
- In the past, we have faced a sick environment that didn’t let us grow as much as we could make it.
In the past, we have been carrying a disease that didn’t let us continue and mutate into better individuals
- Actually, it's sick to say that.
- This is a place to find stability.
- I might need a consultant.
- The world is too big to have two people not matching.
- I’ve heard this before, by a white man with white clothes.
- You can go home now, enjoy the moment while you pick up your stuff and decide that maybe empathy is not that important here, and you can live so carelessly. The polarity of standing helplessly with your ideals...
- Nice words.
- Or simply keep going thinking about it tangentially. Feelings are strange things, you know? You only have to prevent them for eight hours a day. They should not have the same parity and intensity as the main affects that you follow in your life melody.
- Ebony thoughts.

And they continued muttering indoors:
- Listen, everybody can commit mistakes. Hey, listen, I don’t know how many places you have worked in, but this is a completely normal situation. But listen, the important thing here is to know how to continue, how to progress and be able to point out who are the dangerous ones that don’t let us do it!
- Now I’s just too scary to say anything.
- Yes listen; the ones who are not productive are dangerous.Yes, listen, it’s that simple. Sometimes it’s good to not do anything and keep moving. Listen, it’s gonna be better in this way for all of us. There’re a lot of places where people clash or suffer too much, but it’s unnecessary. You should keep working, and be focused on our concerns.
- I don’t even want to contradict, it’s like tape in my ears.
- Listen, we are not going to go to laws and things like that, let’s just chat a little bit and if you do not agree, the world is too big, you can leave. Just take an ibuprofen and everything will disappear, take two, take three, just don’t feel anything. Now, listen, now, now, now we can talk.
- I took the full package.
- I really like people who get things done. “Feel-good legislation” or “meaningful legislation”, that’s for the weak, for people who don’t get things done.
(The clients go to see the doctors)

Dr. Horowitz is a specialist who deals with harassment in the workplace. So many people have been appearing everyday in his office lately, he is amazed at how much money is making, and sometimes he even feels bad about it, that’s why he decided to not think about that and continue his research and his declaration to science, keeping his diploma hanging brightly on the wall of his office.

Dr. Horowitz says that
“for most of us, work provides structure to our day, the opportunity to socialize, a sense of accomplishment, and a source of happiness. In other words”
Dr. Horowitz says,
“work can reduce the likelihood of becoming depressed.”

When he says the words he looks around the room, he kinda knows that that word “depressed” is too cheesy to talk about. But it’s real, so it’s problematic to avoid it too. That’s what he thinks.

After a prolonged silence Dr. Horowitz continues saying:
“despite this, there are circumstances in which work is less than bene- ficial to well-being. Although there is little evidence that poor working conditions causes depression, unreasonable work conditions combined with other problems, such as difficulties at home or unhappy events, can contribute to depressed mood.”

Dr. Horowitz says that
“in cases like that, good ideas get dismissed; opportunities are lost and productivity doesn’t develop.”
Dr. Horowitz knows that his clients are paying a fortune for his prescription so he tries to be more accurate and extend his monologue saying:
“If we look to different case studies we can realize the problems that emerge when pathologies are detected in one of the peers. Repeated means persistent or ongoing behaviour, not the specific type of be- haviour, which may vary. ‘Unreasonable behaviour’ means behaviour that a reasonable person, having regard to the circumstances, would expect to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten.

‘Risk to health and safety’ means risk to the emotional, mental or phys- ical health of the person(s) in the workplace. In any of these cases, pro- ductivity may be diminished, producing insecurity and fading self-confi- dence. The first impact might appear with less suitable attitude towards collaborative work and an incompetent abilities in comparison of the ones might had beforehand.”
Dr. Horowitz says that “his job is to help, build trust and communication.”
But the clients stopped to trust the doctor, his speech seemed correct, but something was missing in it, the words were not the expected.
That’s why the clients decided to make a phone call to another really hot consultant named Dey Patnaik. They wanted to know how to strategical- ly organize and manage their workplace as soon as possible to be able to see their management authority working again.

When they arrived to Patnaik’s office, pointed his new book “Wired to Care” and started his speech:
“a major flaw in contemporary business practice is a lack of empathy inside large corporations.”
This approach was missing from Dr. Horowitz, they thought.
And Patnaik continued saying:
“lacking any sense of empathy, people inside companies struggle to make intuitive decisions and often get fooled into believing they under- stand their business if they have quantitative research to rely upon.”

Patnaik claims that
“the real opportunity for companies doing business in the 21st Century is to create a widely held sense of empathy for customers, pointing to Nike, Harley-Davidson, and IBM as examples of “Open Empathy Organizations”. “Such institutions”,
Dey Patnaik claimed,
“see new opportunities more quickly than competitors, adapt to change more easily, and create workplaces that offer employees a greater sense of mission in their jobs.”

Dey Patnaik, took a book from his shelve and introduced:
“In 2011, the book The Empathy Factor was written by the organiza- tional consultant Marie Miyashiro. She similarly argues with me in the fact of the value of bringing empathy to the workplace, and offers Non- violent Communication as an effective mechanism for achieving this. In studies by the Management Research Group, empathy was found to be the strongest predictor of ethical leadership behavior out of 22 com- petencies in its management model, and empathy was one of the three strongest predictors of senior executive effectiveness.”

That was a great decision. He cited other references, database statistics, reomendations and devised a good plan with goals and structure the company could follow and...
(What he thinks)

Working against feelings. Working against feeling, he thinks.

To not arrive to the moment where the policies are imposed, he thinks.

To not get over controlled, and dismiss things, he thinks.

To use again the language that it is necessary to use, he thinks.

To operate in managing a way to create circumstances that are suitable to conditions to be productive, he thinks.

To mutate his body to each circumstance and be able to not be touched by anybody, he thinks.

To wear all black or pure white and be vanished off the map, but remarkable when it’s necessary, he thinks.

To be at time, on time, he thinks.

Working against feelings, working against feeling, he thinks.

He has a strange way to think, he thinks.
(And now, her feelings)

Anything that is said with music, stays in music
Now I feel okay to say ya’ll wrong

Sometimes I say “(it’s) complicated”
Complicated what?
Everything stays in music right?
Now I feel okay to say ya’ll wrong

You put me in the line out
I’m tired to listen I should not care
I DO CARE, I care a lot
Sometimes I say, hey relax be open minded

I’m not moral, I swear it
Anything that is said with music, stays in music
Now I feel okay to say ya’ll wrong

I’m ready to jump to your shoulders
And smash your armholes, perform the fattest daddy
And stretch provoking a smooth feeling of embarrassment
I LOVE TO CRY, and make wet the arrogants

Everything stays in music right?
Now I feel okay to say ya’ll wrong

I am A torch
I feel like I’m floating
Then is easy to say come down, calm down

Anything that is said with music, stays in music
Now I feel okay to say ya’ll ABSOLUTELY wrong

You blame on my inexperience
I attack your overestimation
you prefer me more hidebound
But I won’t die-hard
Leave me alone, leave me alone,
but don’t go too far
I’m still the torch burning out

I’m not moral, I swear it
Anything that is said with music, stays in music
Now I feel okay to say ya’ll wrong
(The situation at home)

She says, “I say I’m going to jump from the window
and then he’s at home."
Please the sweetest thing you said to me is
"if all our life is going to be like this
I don’t want it,
you work way too much.”
She says, “I feel so sad honey, I go to walk, I go to the park
I remember you said to me
keep your laptop down in the park.”
They lay on the grass.

She feels everything is a little bit tense, inside- out home.
It’s difficult to know when is the turn to give more,
in responses, answers they become.
She knows the institution teach them to don’t give anything back.
But they don’t want to give up.
But they feel to give up.
They listen a melody seated on a bass.

She acts disoriented from one side to next,
corners are the best place to kneel.
The hours got divided from silent opening the notebook,
to fade down enthusiasm.
She waits until he says,
“I've got a e-mail, it’s not so much but I will be busy I won’t be at home”
She opens the notebook again.
He’s back with enthusiasm.
Their pauses in between become gas.
(The medical report)

The thorax is stack
The vertebra holds its weight too heavily
The platelets are growing burning out
The breath raises irregular
The pharynx is now encapsulated
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared

The bones are stack
The tongue holds too many words
The hair grows irregularly
The flicker raises blinding
The sighs are encapsulated
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared

The angriness will have to wait and stack
The little hope says hey hold on
The interest in changing grows inside them
The wind raises and moves the hair
The encapsulation is possible by gestures
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared

The future projects are stack
The tender words are holding up
The allergy to industrial dust grows
The empathy raise until it’s culminate
The words are encapsulate in individual dose
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared

The muscles are stack
The hand holds air
The shoulders are growing against expectation
The inhalation raised the neck
The saliva doesn’t flow because it’s encapsulation
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared

The articulations are stack
The mouth pronounce “hold on”
The plants aren’t growing this year
The stairs at home raise till night
The budgets encapsulates entire lives
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared

The fluids are stack
The time holds the door open
The nails are growing strong and resistant
The arms raised to find something up there
The tiny apartment makes them feel encapsulated
The report is clear, avoid context to be speared
The project was presented under the exhibition:
Empathy and Burnout
Claudia Pagès & Ulijona Odišarija curated by Gerda Paliušyté
at P/////AKT, Zeeburgerpad 53, 1019 AB Amsterdam

Raise stage for Empathy (Plywood, enamel and aluminum. 4,90x6,2x0,44m), 2015

Grow&Stack pots for Empathy (Ceramics. 60xØ27,5cm), 2015

Holding pallets for Empathy (Varnished wood, nine pieces of 37x57x- 10,6cm),2015

Encapsulated music or/and script for Empathy (audio stereo 31’31’’), 2015

Encapsulated music or/and script for Empathy (publication DIN A4, 24 pages), 2015

Sound mix Aleix Clavera
Photographies by Charlott Markus, Gediminas Akstinas and Claudia Pagès.
Thanks to: P/////AKT, Gediminas Akstinas, Juan Canela, Aleix Clavera, Gerda Paliušyté and Sara de Ubieta

Review at

"Empathy grow/stack/raise/hold/encapsulate" is a dismantled opera - or an attempted Gesamtkunstwerk with music, props, choreography, dialogue, characters, costumes and scenery - that has stopped functioning as a whole and has decided to stack, grow, hold, raise and encapsulate in a “every man for himself” situation.

The performance "Encapsulated music or/and script for Empathy" is an audio piece combining ambient music and a voice reciting in stereo. The voice contextualizes multiple characters reciting dialogues, stories and poems. It describes different anecdotes and situations resulting from a collision in an institution and how it affected the people who participated in it, at work, at home and in their bodies. The text, which follows the melody of the ambient music that accompanies it questions the necessity of empathy not only inside companies and institutions, but also in interpersonal relationships. It echoes the other parts of the opera that remain in the room, waiting to grow, stack, stand and raise: each one on its own, although always together.
Empathy grow/stack/raise/hold/encapsulate
If you cannot listen the music click here :)
1st Chapter. News & Bonding (in the news)
2nd Chapter. Empathy at Work (a dialog)
3rd Chapter. The Clients go to see the Doctors (empathy strategies)
4th Chapter. He Thinks (what he thinks)
5th Chapter. Now I feel okey to say ya'll wrong (her feelings)
6th. No Laptops when We go to the Park (the situation at home)
7th. Stack/Hold/Grow/Raise/Encapsulate (the medical report)
claudia pagès