This online talk will introduce you to the curious pleasure of identifying Thomassons in your own neighbourhood. Please email email@example.com to register your interest in the event.
Hyperart: Thomasson at 6pm (Talk)
Online, Art in the public realm
Lockdown focused everyone's attention on their local area. Daily walks on near-empty streets helped us to notice fascinating details that we had previously overlooked. But in Japan, a tradition of walking to appreciate architectural quirks has existed for decades...
In the 1970s, Japanese artist Genpei Akasegawa became aware of (what he would later call) Thomassons: features of the built environment that were being maintained though they served no obvious purpose. A door or staircase to nowhere. A sign saying nothing. An object emerging from the pavement. Akasegawa considered these things to be 'hyperart' - more evocative than art itself. This online talk will introduce you to the curious pleasure of identifying Thomassons in your own neighbourhood.
It will give a brief history of the Hyperart Investigation Centre founded by Akasegawa, to which the public were invited to submit repots; an explanation of how the Thomasson got its name; and a guide to identifying common types of Thomasson, from the 'useless window' to the 'live burial'.