“...inoperativity is not inert; on the contrary, it allows the very potentiality that has manifested itself in the act to appear. It is not potentiality that is deactivated in inoperativity but only the aims and modalities into which its exercise had been inscribed and separated... We are not dealing here with a simple and insipid absence of a purpose, which often leads to a confusion in both ethics and aesthetics. Rather, at stake here is the rendering inoperative of any activity directed toward an end, in order to then dispose it toward a new use, one that does not abolish the old use but persists in it and exhibits it...” (Giorgio Agamben, "The Glorious Body," in Nudities)
Follow the link below to a pretty neat example of inoperativity: a live feed of the New York Police Department radio layered over random ambient tracks. Listen to it as you read a book, cook dinner, or fold your laundry.