Sat 10 May 2008, BRLSI, Bath
Dan Gretton is a co-director and co-founder of the pioneering arts and social sciences group PLATFORM. His book Desk Killer, examines the world of the bureaucrats, planners and businessmen who colluded in the Holocaust. He asks whether the psychology and behaviour that enabled genocide to occur then is still present today, in the institutional culture of transnational corporations. Dan discusses the relationship between the clean calm corporate office space, sites of terrifyingly destructive events, and the emotional compartmentalisation that is a feature of both perpetrator psychology and corporate psychology.