Edited by Daniel Hjorth
Chapter 19: Management as farce: entrepreneurial subjectivity in the creative industries
The managing director of Lars von Trier’s production company Zentropa, Peter Aalbæk, is walking around in the offices and corridors of the organization, greeting and kissing the employees. We are watching a short documentary, One Day with Peter, released by Zentropa in 2004. Working his way through the barracks of the company, he finally strips naked in one of the offices in which a (male) employee is still working, talking on the phone. Directed towards the camera, Peter enthusiastically grabs his penis and shakes it, smiling. The employee keeps talking on the phone. Peter leaves, heading for the outdoor pool and sauna, wearing a colourful, perhaps African, long shirt. As he leaves, the employee picks up some of the clothes that Peter has dropped to the floor, and puts it on a hanger in the closet. In the hall, Peter shouts at an employee for a towel, which he wears around his neck walking towards the pool. Now his appearance is not unlike a boxing champ. As he approaches the pool, he teasingly threatens a group of (female) employees with exposing himself. Meanwhile, Peter is also the voice over on the documentary. At this time he says the following: ‘We have a company that is totally controlled by women. All our best directors are women and so are all our best producers. . . . We are a matriarchate’.
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