Polina Kato

slumbering distractions

Inspired by the Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky’s essay“In Praise of Boredom,” as well as by the neuroscientific concepts of the default-mode network and undirected thought, this project unfolds around a speculative narrative:

        What if boredom is a transient form of an undirected thought?

        And what if undirected thought is a natural, default state of the human mind?

The final work is comprised of videos, doodles, and sounds, created in a state of undirected thinking (boredom, mind-wandering, and daydreaming) and offering a visual metaphor for the fluidity of representations and the contingency of processes.