A Delicate Monster. Three passages on the terrifying beauty of boredom

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Centuries of literature depicted boredom as the hidden malaise of modernity: a disease of the soul which progressively separated
man from his natural endowments, weakening his capacity of self-reflection into indifference.
Yet, paradoxically it is boredom one of the distinctive traits of the post-Fordist economy: that condition of unresolved longing, when
the soul is suspended within an uncertain presentness and life is experienced “as such”, open to unforeseen possibilities. If in the
past labor activities were functionally limited within spatial rigid enclosures, on the contrary contemporary modes of production tend
to flaunt the intrinsic indeterminacy and genericness of the human potential providing empty stages for life to be simply performed.
In this sense, boredom could be considered the index of human indeterminacy, the place where life is contemplated in its pure
freedom: that formless state of hesitation necessary for either realizing or not its embedded potential. When any distinction between
labor and life dissolved into action, form can no longer be considered as a steady object, but rather as a process of differentiation
through which life becomes itself, stemming out of a context as the conscious expression of an inner drive, a “form-of-life”.


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Francesco Marullo
Marullo, F. (2014). A Delicate Monster. Three passages on the terrifying beauty of boredom. Materia Arquitectura, (09), 89–93. https://doi.org/10.56255/ma.v0i09.181


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