ryan sayre

anthropology

tokyo

japan

architecture

urban

    

this site is an exercise in an anthropology of the moving earth. When Kant gave us the mouthful of a term ‘architectonic,’ he meant by it the rendering of raw, unprocessed datum into a coherent whole: ‘the art of systems,’ he called it. For us, ‘architectonic’ will be the epicenter of an inquiry into the architectural + cultural + geological tectonics at work in Tokyo, a city balanced precariously at the intersection of four tectonic plates. Bring any questions or comments to ryan (dot) sayre (at) yale (dot) edu.

 

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Architectonic Tokyo

Fashion is something you attach to yourself, put on, and through that interaction the meaning of it is born. Without the wearing of it, it has no meaning, unlike a piece of art. It is fashion because people want to buy it now, because they want to wear it now, today. Fashion is only the right now.
                               
 ~ Rei KawakuboContemporary_Japanese_Fashion.html
Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea
                         
  ~ Yoshio TaniguchiContemporary_Japanese_Architecture.html
Photography is about a single point of a moment. It’s like stopping time. As everything gets condensed in that forced instant. But if you keep creating these points, they form a line which reflects your life.
                                             
~ Araki NobuyoshiContemporary_Japanese_Photography.html

I am a phd candidate in cultural anthropology at Yale University. I work on cultures of in/security in Tokyo. Check out my monthly column at 3quarksdaily.com. Read about my own work, here. Bring your questions and comments about Architectonic Tokyo to ryan.sayre (at) yale.edu

[W]e want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don't completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art.
~ Takashi MurakamiContemporary_Japanese_Art.html

ryan sayre

architecture

japan

tokyo

anthropology

Ethnography is the exercise in sustained ignorance, an ignorance partially feigned and unconditionally felt.

listed here are some of the main research areas in anthropology at   top US research universities.

Anthropology is a house built of concepts, some interlocking, some drifting about erratically. Anthropology_Tool_Box.html

To discover is to witness the crystalizing of a fluid. Here are aids to help you discover some of the most important Anthropological Ethnographies, to Anthropology Book Prizes and Anthropology Books at University Presses.


On an Architecture of Laundry in Tokyo  
      Monday, October 31

It’s Like with the Korean Skyscraper 
       Monday, September 5

The Urgency of Anthropological Time
        Monday, August 8

The Folding of Bodies, Ours and Others
        Monday, June 13

There’s Something about the Teeth of Tyrants
        Monday, May 16


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No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.

~ Ruth BenedictEthnographies_of_Japan.html
Anthropology Lecture SeriesAnthropology_Lecture_Series.htmlAnthropology_Lecture_Series.htmlshapeimage_27_link_0
A list of lecture series resources in anthropology, from the Malinowski Lecture to the Frazer LectureAnthropology_Tool_Box.html
Bite-sized Anthropology
Anthropology_Lecture_Series.html