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Thomas Daniell

Wednesday, October 14, 4:15 pm5:45 pm
Sullivan Galleries,
33 S. State St., 7th floor
Chicago, IL
United States

This lecture will trace the history of Modernology, an approach to observing and documenting Japanese urban environments and behaviors that was invented in the early twentieth century and has inspired many subsequent generations of fieldwork by groups of architects, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, and hobbyists. With a wit and eccentricity reflected in their names—Lost Items Research Institute, Architectural Detective Agency, Thomasson Observation Center, Street Observation Society, Atelier Bow­Wow—they search the city for moments of beauty and interest in everyday places, objects, and activities, cumulatively producing an irreplaceable archive of overlooked urban phenomena, of ephemera made permanent.