The fifth Interior Spatial Design Lecture again by design journalist Adam Jasper. In this lecture Jasper looked into the topic of ‘hyperart’ phenomenon of Thomassons.
In the 1970s, Japanese artist Akasegawa Genpei discovered strange occurrences in the city of Tokyo which he and his collaborators labelled “hyperart.” These were aestheic objects created by removing a structure’s function, while carefully maintaining the structure itself. They began to call these objects “Thomassons,” after an American baseballer recruited by a Japanese team, whose bat never made contact with a ball. The criteria for an object to be correctly named a Thomasson is that the object found must be a find of ruin (i.e. once functional, now useless), the object must be sealed off (you cannot reach it) and the object must also be maintained.