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Honors Program Director
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.
McFetridge, Christopher, "Demystifying the Performance Authentic: Translation, Preference and the New Aesthetic" (2012). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 57.