Life, Art and the Everyday (CATE2004)


How do artists engage with the ebb and flow of daily life and the material conditions of the street, the city, and the home? This unit of study focuses on artists who heighten our awareness of everyday by using ready-mades and found objects, by exploring the exotic in the banal, and by creating domestic worlds and the urban-scapes of gritty realism and great imagination.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x2-hour seminar/week


short visual analysis (20%) and small group presentation (10%) and major essay (70%)


Stephen Johnstone (Ed), The Everyday, London, Whitechapel; Cambridge, Mass; MIT Press, 2008
Nikos Papastergiadis, Spatial Aesthetics: art, place and the everyday, London, Chicago, Rivers Oram, 2006.
Elizabeth Shove (et. al), The Design of Everyday Life, New York, Berg, 2007

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(THAP1201 and THAP1202) or (CATE1001 and CATE1002) or (18 junior credit points from Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Table A including (ARHT1001 or CATE1001) and (ARHT1002 or CATE1002))

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.