STRUCTURED NOTHING

THIS IS A CHANCE TO DO NOTHING

Structured Nothing is an intervention designed to get people to take a minute to do nothing. This intervention took pace on a NYC subway on a Wednesday evening where I handed out 136 bubble wrapped surrogate phones. 

– Concept Development, Experience Design –


let your mind wander. Do nothing more often.

The goal of Structured Nothing is to get people to shift their attention, even if for just a brief moment. It is in these moments that we have the space to consider our identity, our dreams, our hopes, our fears and our intuition.  

in these moments we have the space to consider our identity, our dreams, our hopes, our fears and our intuition. 

The affordance of the bubble wrap on the surrogate phones allowed passengers to know what to do with them without any instruction. As more phones were handed out, the sound of the popping bubbles traveled down the car.

A call to action on the phones invited passengers to share their experience via the hashtag #structurednothing and also contribute their personal ideas of of other forms of structured nothing on a website. 

In response to the event, I received thank you emails recounting interactions amongst strangers and I saw evidence on social media that the experience broke through people's daily routine. One passenger couldn't resist the opportunity of reaching out to thank me for nothing. 

"i have never seen a car full of strangers get so enthralled, smiling, laughing, and dare i say getting it! Thank you so much for nothing." -email from subway passenger

You can see my research into the benefits of boredom and intentionally doing nothing in my thesis book, The Void.