German University Offering $1,900 Grants To People “For Doing Nothing”
This sounds pretty sweet. The University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany, is offering an “idleness grant” to three people who engage in a specific form of “active inactivity.”
Each grant is $1,900, and the school says applicants are free to choose their own form of idleness—an activity to abstain from—and a panel of school officials will choose the three best pitches.
The organizers say the participants who submit their reports will be paid regardless of whether their attempt at inactivity was successful.
Ultimately, the reports from the participants will be used in an exhibition planned for November, called Inconsequentiality: Towards a Better Life, which explores the question, “What can I refrain from so that my life has fewer negative consequences on the lives of others?”