The project “Fickle structure” explores the contrast between different concepts that characterize the contemporary social condition. The contradiction between limit/overflow, fluid/static, liquid/solid, organic/geometric, stoic/emotional, duration/acceleration. The contrast between a structured, limited and stereotyped existence and an enduring seek towards a genuine and free way of living.
Zygmunt Bauman’s concept of “liquidity” defines the liquid condition as a characteristic of the present phase of modernity The metaphor of liquidity portrays the essence of the world we live in: its rapidity, permeability and mutability. The digital era provides more information than the human brain can handle. Regarding the social spheres, society cannot prevent being carried away by a great flood which, precisely because of its liquid form, can overcome all resistance and engulf us. We can only “react” to the liquefaction of the world, but not “act” independently, and that is what makes humankind uncertain and dissatisfied.
“What makes modernity “liquid” is the unstoppably accelerating “modernization” through which – just like other liquids – no forms of social life are able to retain their shapes for long. “Melting of solids,” an endemic and defining feature of all modern forms of life, continues, but melted solids are no longer intended, as before, to be replaced by “new and improved,” “more solid” solids, no longer hoped to be immune to further melting.” (Zygmunt Bauman, "Liquid Modernity")
"In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, as quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change - as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again." (Zygmunt Bauman, "Liquid Modernity")
How do we evolve from a “corrosion and slow disintegration of community" into a way of "living together differently"?