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AbstractThis thesis centers on an analysis of Allan Kaprow's Activities (1970-1979)-works that gauged how people interact when following a script that often involved ostensibly banal, everyday routines; for example, brushing one's teeth, or walking through a doorway. These pieces, as suggested in the artist's writings, were influenced by a range of philosophical and sociological theories. While Kaprow associated his Activities with the sociological and philosophical inquiries of John Dewey, Erving Goffman, and Ray Birdwhistell, I will also suggest that concepts related to interpersonal psychology and social transaction theory were just as significant. In particular I will discuss the parallel development of Transactional Analysis, a concept defined by the psychologist Eric Berne. Kaprow's works aligned interpersonal events and an early form of "relational aesthetics," a term coined later by contemporary art critic Nicolas Bourriaud. The resulting works were art that bordered on sociological and psychological experimentation.
Degree ProgramGraduate College