Lecture notes from Week 2

Here’s a link to the powerpoint presentation on Allan Kaprow, and the social context of his work:

caos201 2016 lecture week 2 kaprow

Notes related to the lecture:

week 2_lecture notes_10-03-2016


Reminders and follow up for next weeks class

You guys brought some insights into class today. We travelled in lots of directions because of the intersections that kept emerging. This makes for a great teaching-learning experience and it’s an excellent start to the semester.


Your ‘activity project’

Don’t try to think up a ‘special’ activity. Just choose an ordinary everyday routine activity. Something as simple as brushing your teeth, like the example in class today. If you are having trouble – look at your diagrams that you’ve already made, think about the kinds of activities that you do when you go from social space to social space throughout the days of your week.


Also remember to check out the examples form past students, which you can find here:

Assessment Task 1 – Activity Exercise

The important thing is to test out how to do it a bit differently, to change the space where it happens, to play around with the timeframe/duration etc.


Even more importantly are the ways that you record (‘document’) this activity and then how you think about what you have done. The key here is your critical reflection upon the activity!


So – this week. Just do an activity. Test it out. Come to class and talk about it. We’ll all give feedback and brainstorm the next step together. We’ll talk about documentation, we’ll run through how to post on the blog if you are having trouble with that, and we will prepare for the presentation in the following week.



This weeks set reading is here:

Scroll down to week 2, Nicholas Bourriaud, “Relational Aesthetics”


Remember to do your reading! Underline things of interest and points of confusion. Come to class prepared to discuss at length.


Things to bring to class next week:

We are going to be spending most of the workshop time on your activities. Come to school with the equipment and tools you need to work. Things I can think of are cameras that let you take images and video, your laptops, pencils, textas, paper for drawing ­– things like that.



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