‘Broken' as an alternative to beautiful
Things shouldn't be surprising because we should always expect change.
The brokenness reveals a part of functionality.
To say “it’s broken” implies it only ever had a single purpose.
If we only focus on the moment that the glass smashed, we forget everything else that led up to that moment and everything else that comes afterwards.
The moment which the glass breaks reveals what was always there. It reveals the continuity.
Context is always equal to or greater than the instance in which something happens. Saying “it’s broken” only focuses on the one instance.
‘Broken’ allows us to ask those fundamental questions by looking at what we would normally discard and seeing what it has to tell us about something.
It's in the things that we throw away that actually most of our knowledge exist, the knowledge of context.
Broken is actually an engageable aesthetic.