Personalized Employee Praise (PEP)PEP is a satirical proposal for a holistic emotional management tool for the modern workplace. The work can be found at worklifepep.com. Viewers can sign up for accompanying live virtual video performances at worklifepep.com/sign-up and peek behind the facade by toggling the switch in the menu bar.
Deployed as a network of neural interfaces worn by all employees, PEP is designed to act as a set of system-based personal assistants and one-on-one environmental mitigators. Drawing on the linguistic and aesthetic vocabulary of startups and big tech company culture, PEP’s website invites the viewer to fall into a near-future sci-fi reality where a company with a “proudly interdisciplinary team” can promise a product with the potential for so much good, but embedded with so much harm.
PEP asks how far we will allow the tech-centered optimization of workplace productivity to creep into the interpersonal, emotional realm.