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The Art of Complexity

Could you draw a picture of how your company operates? How would you illustrate your business's approach to change, innovation and cost-saving?

Artist Julian Burton shows his work on visualising the behaviour and attitudes of organisations towards change in the exhibition The Art of Complexity at the London School of Economics and Political Science next month (Tuesday 9 September to Friday 31 October).

The exhibition ties in with the Complexity, Ethics and Creativity Conference at LSE on 17 and 18 September, organised by the LSE Complexity Research Programme.

Julian will be artist-in-residence at the conference, which aims to bring together academics, artists and business people to explore how complexity thinking can be applied to organisations and specifically how it can boost creative and ethical thinking.

Leading the conference is LSE's Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly. She said: 'Being creative and being ethical are major assets in an organisation's long-term survival. These academic theories underpin very practical applications that can result in more sustainable businesses. This conference is a real opportunity to take complexity thinking further, and Julian's work contributes to that development.'

Graduating with a degree in graphic design and scientific illustration from Middlesex University, Julian Burton previously worked as a web designer for the Wall Street Journal and as a professional landscape painter, with 11 solo and group exhibitions at galleries in New York, London, Bhutan, India, Denmark and France.

Now he is a strategic artist and facilitator who 'makes pictures of problems to help people talk about them.' His clients include public and private sector organisations such as Barclays, Shell, Prudential, KPMG and the NHS.

'Pictures are a powerful way to engage and focus a group's attention on crucial issues and challenges, and enable them to grasp complex situations quickly. I try and create visual catalysts that capture the major themes of a workshop, meeting or strategy and re-presents them in an engaging way to provoke lively conversations,' he said.

For more of Julian Burton's work, see www.delta7.com| 

The exhibition is in the Student Services Centre Atrium at LSE, Old Building, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE and is open to the public from Tuesday 9 September to Friday 31 October, 10am-7.30pm daily, admission free.



  • Julian Burton on 07790 007560
  • Or Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060, email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk 

For more on the Complexity, Ethics and Creativity conference, see www.lse.ac.uk/complexity| 

18 August 2003