First outline

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When I’m sitting in a cinema and find the film is unexpectedly difficult to be understood, I sense boredom. When I have plenty of time yet not sure what to do but stay in my room, I sense boredom. When I’m traveling on the train with a no battery phone (disconnected, no online media interaction, check out techno-dependency issues), I sense boredom. When I started to write this paper, I sense boredom. Is boredom merely a boring/negative emotion? What can boredom bring to me? What am I discovering through boredom? Interestingly, boredom is more positive rather than negative to many artists and researchers. As Walter Benjamin wrote in <The Arcades Project>: Boredom is the threshold to great deeds. Check out this TED talk: "life is easy", this man had plenty of free time and no money This paper mainly focuses on boredom from perspectives of psychology, philosophy, contemporary art, myself. Furthermore, related questions to myself.

Boredom is a warm grey fabric lined on the inside with the most lustrous and colorful of silks. In this fabric, we wrap ourselves when we dream.


Psychology, philosophy

REPETITION AND SILENCE (maybe more of other attributes?)

Ragnar Kjartansson’s <Me and My Mother>,2000-2015. Rafael Rozendaal. John Cage < 4'33">. Fischli & Weiss, etc.



-What does boredom mean to me? -What’s my boredom experiences? -Is it a problem? -Poetic and ambiguous boredom.

look out for boredom related artwork
what do you want to communicate the audience with it?
What is the aim/goal of communicating this issue?


Loop, repeating, soft, more to come… What are the constitutions of boredom? What elements can I extract from boredom and how I manage to transfer this invisible abstract emotion to my visual work. -What would boredom be like if it can be characterized? -Can boredom be poetic? -Is boredom chaotic or can it be minimalistic? -Timing experience in boredom.


Boredom is a warm grey fabric lined on the inside with the most lustrous and colorful of silks. In this fabric we wrap ourselves when we dream.


The MIT Press & Whitechapel Gallery, [2017], <Boredom, Documents of Contemporary Art>, Edited by Tom McDonough.

Guggenheim Museum, [2014], <Wasted Time>, Interview of Peter Fischli.

Otto Fenicbel, [1953], <On The Psychology of Boredom>.

Michael E. Gardiner, Julian Jason Haladyn, [2016], <Boredom Studies Reader>

More to come…

Catalina's comments: What feelings or emotions do you want to create in your audience? Do you have any idea? or Do you want just to express your own boredom and transmit it to the people experiencing your piece?..then people will feel bored or maybe not but they will understand what you are transmitting.

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Thesis outline is the most important part, it helps us found what it matters:

what? -
Do you want to focus on the psychological qualities of being in a state of boredom, which in a particular creative context may trigger artists to produce differently?

Where did you find the expression: "Boredom is a warm grey fabric lined on the inside with the most lustrous and colorful of silks. In this fabric, we wrap ourselves when we dream." Who is the author? Did you write it yourself? what do you mean by comparing boredom to grey fabric & silk? is the materiality of work an important aspect to point on boredom related works from artists?

Which are the artists related to this issue? what have they produced? How did they work reflected on the topic of boredom? How did their work influence the world of art?

why? -
Is there any particular case related to boredom in a context of art & design which drew your attention the most? Why does it concerns you?

how -
How is it going to be done? but before getting onto the final form... how socially involved is it going to be implicated? are there any pedagogical/educational aspects?