Creative Modalities

  • Kaya BarryEmail author
  • Jondi Keane


This chapter explores both historical and contemporary art practices and examples that set out the three themes of experience: sensation, scale, and spatiality. A brief history of art practices and site-specific interventions is compiled to draw attention to the way that humans measure themselves in relation to other humans, nonhumans, and the planetary changes that lay ahead. These thematic surveys highlight the increasing intersection of creative arts practice and geographical inquiries. The chapter concludes by advocating that shifting modes of attention can be facilitated through attentions to sensations, scales, and spatiality in both art practice and in the practices of everyday life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural ResearchGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.School of Communication and Creative ArtsDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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