Annemette Hasselager & Birgitte Bonnerup
1-day Professional Development Workshop, PDW12

Seeing is a psychological process which involves conscious as well as unconscious elements. Seeing is part of perceiving the outer world and imagining the inner world. As Hustvedt states in her book “Living, thinking, Looking” (Hustvedt 2012) part of the sense of sight is subliminal, the seen never reaches consciousness. The pictures we look at contains access to the unconscious or to what Bollas names the unthought known (Bollas 1989) – whether they are art, prefabricated pictures, selfies, photos, electronic or on paper, walls or canvas. What we see is a hypothesis (Gregory 1997) – and as such a projection and by that also a pathway to the unconscious.

This PDW offers an opportunity to bring us in contact with the theme of the Annual Meeting – our inner walls, individually and organizationally. We will work with pictures taken or produced in advance and photos taken during the event. By looking at these pictures carefully and for some time we will together with the participants create possibilities to get in touch with and understand conscious as well as unconscious material. In order to connect what we see and feel with our thinking we will combine the work with pictures with reflective work. We will experiment with regressive and associative processes in a matrix group and combine this with a reflective and analytic process in a reflection group. Pictures are being looked at by individuals with their personal histories, but also by individuals in specific organizational and societal contexts. By making the seeing process a group process we create possibilities to connect individual experiences with the collective “mind” and as such gain insight in the individual as well as the collective experience of the walls within.

Participants will get the opportunity to experience a Social Photo-Matrix. This method was originally developed by Burkard Sievers and Rose Mersky (Sievers 2008, Sievers 2013). We will also experiment with the use of reproductions of artworks as a way of deepening the understanding of the theme – both individually and on a societal level.

The PDW is a one-day workshop. The morning session will consist of a combination of work with art works, a Picture-Reflection group and an individual photo safari (bring your smartphone!). The afternoon session will include a Social Photo-Matrix and a thematic reflection group with focus on learning on the theme as well as the methods.

The workshop will be led by Annemette Hasselager and Birgitte Bonnerup. They use pictures (photos, drawings, artworks and prefabricated photos) in personal and organizational development and are currently working on a book around these topics.

Birgitte Bonnerup is educated as a psychologist and is trained and qualified as specialist and supervisor in organizational psychology. She is a partner in the consultancy company Bonnerup &Hasselager where she works as independent organizational psychologist and therapist with individuals, groups and organizations. She is external lecturer at MPO, a Masters programme in organizational psychology at Roskilde University, and staff member at institute of Group Analysis in Copenhagen.  She writes books and articles on organizational psychology. In English: “Love and Loneliness at Work” published at Routledge in 2019.
Web: www.bonnerup-hasselager.dk

Annemette Hasselager is educated as a psychologist and is trained and qualified as specialist and supervisor in organizational psychology. She is a partner in the consultancy company Bonnerup &Hasselager where she works as independent organizational psychologist and therapist with individuals, groups and organizations. She is external lecturer at MPO, a Masters programme in organizational psychology at Roskilde University.  She writes books and articles on organizational psychology. In English: “Love and Loneliness at Work” published at Routledge in 2019.
Web: www.bonnerup-hasselager.dk