The Society of Smallness

Underachieving since 2012

Category: Documents Bureau

Registry of Aesthetic Impressions

by Micromanager

An office of typing bureaucrats does not a quiet exhibition make.

In July, our bureaucracy reported to a not-unostentatious downtown address to be part of the annual Art Institute Block Party. Our work stations were positioned beneath the stairway in the hustling and bustling main hallway of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.

Registry of Aesthetic Impressions documents

by Micromanager

Nature’s Notaries

by Micromanager

Affable bureaucrats at the Caracol Gathering Space on the Burnham Wildlife Corridor

For Nature’s Notaries, Documents Bureau marshals a team of pencil pushers to the grassy expanse of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Three events will take place over the summer months at Caracol gathering space which is located along the Corridor near 25th street. Nature’s Notaries was produced in partnership with Night Out In The Parks and Northerly Island Park.

Map showing location of Caracol

Nature’s Notaries photo gallery

by Micromanager

Photos by Ulises Rangel

Nature’s Notaries documents

by Micromanager

Why We Fired Lawson

by societyofsmallness


A disruptive occurrence involving Justin R. Lawson, a new employee who began his appointment with Documents Bureau during the Chicago Art Department’s Crystal Ball necessitated the following OFFICIAL STATEMENT to nip in the bud any innuendo and back room snickering.

At times like this, we must face the fact that the collective “we” is only as strong as the weakest member of the team. Mr. Lawson had reckless ideas and with his unruly behavior Saturday night he went one step too far.

We will not apologize for our swift action. Was it not by the book? Was it not public and severe? Did we have the “absolute right” to descend and remove? We make a promise to each clerk on day one: your inevitable dismissal will be swift and immutable.  At Documents Bureau no one is coddled.

Furthermore, conformity is the fuel that this document-producing machine runs on. And it burns hot, it burns quick, and the engine always needs more fuel. If you can’t get on board, maybe you aren’t cut out for this sort of work.

Let us, once more, air his faults as they were aired during his hasty public rebuke:

  • messy
  • atrocious spelling
  • overly nervous demeanor
  • chronic daydreamer

There is a sacred if lopsided arrangement between the lowly functionary and their embiggened superior. Put simply, it prevents chaos. Without constant evaluation would we ever meet our quotas? First, the document line comes to a standstill, then inactive stampers are LAID OFF. You don’t want it, and neither do we!

With this firing, please take heed.

The members of the Hastily Assembled Rebuking Committee