Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2012

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Mark Perlman

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Judgments of performance art are often contingent upon a notion of Authenticity. What we mean by authentic, however, is not readily accessible. An exploration of proposed authenticity-theories can help reveal the merits and impediments contained within those theories--and may ultimately suggest an Authentic-metric. However, such an analysis leads, counter intuitively, to the jeopardization of the term. We can suggest, in virtue of our analysis, that formal inconsistencies within the Authentic-metric promote a more elusive aesthetic discourse than otherwise necessary. By endorsing direct aesthetic discourse we can remove the obscured lens of Authenticity and begin encountering works as they are truly presented.

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