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Hyperart: Thomasson

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In the 1970s, estranged from the institutions and practices of high art, avant-garde artist and award-winning novelist Genpei Akasegawa launched an open-ended, participatory project to search the streets of Japan for strange objects which he and his collaborators labeled "hyperart," codifying them with an elaborate system of humorous nomenclature. Along with "modernologist ...more
Paperback, 401 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Kaya Press (first published September 30th 2009)
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Apr 26, 2016 D rated it it was amazing
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“Thomasson” is the term coined by Japanese conceptual artist Genpei Akasegawa to describe vestigial remains of the urban past that can be found in any city around the world. These are the staircases that lead to dead ends, the doors which open into thin-air and the stumped telephone poles— pieces of “unintentional art created by the city itself”.

I guess the reason I get freaked out sometimes when looking at Thomassons is because it feels as though I’
Dec 17, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Imagine that you're walking through an older neighborhood when you stumble upon a bit of historical detritus - an unused upstairs doorway with no porch or stairs, a stairway that leads to a blank wall, or the remains of a building impressed into the facade of its neighbor. What's more, you notice that someone has spent some time and effort maintaining this vestige. They've painted the door, or repaired a broken stair.

This manifestation is what Japanese avant-garde Genpei Akasegawa designated Hyp
Sep 16, 2010 Leifer rated it it was amazing
Most enjoyable book i've ever read about conceptual art!
Feb 28, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This was a really cool book. It was so different from anything I've ever read before. I liked the idea of found objects that could be found by anybody, and that these found objects in their uselessness found purpose in the form of becoming art. The author argues that art serves no true purpose. It has no function other than the hang or sit somewhere, so these found objects having lost their original purpose became art. It's a complex idea that stirs up other questions about the definition of art ...more
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709.2 A3136 2009
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Genpei Akasegawa (Japanese: 赤瀬川原平) is a rare phenomenon, an artist who successfully transitioned from the avant-garde to the larger realm of popular culture. He emerged on the Japanese art scene around 1960, starting in the radical “Anti-Art” movement and becoming a member of the seminal artist collectives Neo Dada and Hi Red Center. The epic piece Model 1,000-Yen Note Incident (1963-1974), which ...more
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