This book explores how the comparative analysis of visual cultural artefacts, from objects to architecture and fiction films, can contribute to our understanding of everyday life in homes and cities around the globe.

Investigating the multiple facets of the everyday, this interdisciplinary collection generates a new awareness of everyday lives across cultures and challenges our traditional understanding of the everyday by interweaving new thematic connections. It brings together debates around the analysis of the everyday in visual culture more broadly and explores the creation of innovative technological methods for comparative approaches to the study of the everyday, such as film databases, as well as the celebration of the everyday in museums. The volume is organized around four key themes. It explores the slices of everyday lives found in Visual Culture (Part I), Museums (Part II), the City (Part III) and the Home (Part IV). The book explores the growing area of the analysis of everyday life through visual culture both broadly and in depth.

By building interdisciplinary connections, this book is ideal for the emerging community of scholars and students stemming from Visual Culture, Film and Media Studies, Architecture Studies and practice, Museum Studies, and scholars of Sociology and Anthropology as well as offering fresh insights into cutting-edge tools and practices for the rapidly growing field of Digital Humanities.

chapter |9 pages


part I|58 pages

Slices of everyday life in visual culture

part II|61 pages

Slices of everyday lives in museums

chapter 5|14 pages

The Museum of Everyday Life

chapter 6|18 pages

The Museum of Ordinary People

chapter 7|14 pages

Everyday Life in a Heritage Village

Film as a process of research and engagement

part III|41 pages

Slices of everyday lives in the city

chapter 9|13 pages

Imagining the Present

chapter 10|12 pages

Contingencies of the Everyday

Screen representations of Tokyo in 1958

chapter 11|14 pages

“Made in Hong Kong”

The (re)production of publicness in the cinematic urban topography of contemporary Hong Kong

part IV|53 pages

Slices of everyday lives in the home

chapter 12|24 pages


A cinematic exploration of the minor magic of everyday life

chapter 14|13 pages

Domestic Moods

Mood catchers and makers