On Being Level-Headed

  • Kaya BarryEmail author
  • Jondi Keane


This chapter explores the seeming rigidity of the built/urban environment through a series of performative artworks that offer insight into modes of resistance (by individuals and infrastructures) to affecting and being affected. In part, the discussion aims to open up the automatic process of perception and action to a radical empiricist perspective. The chapter explores the potential for materials and structures that have historically stabilised human and nonhuman agencies, to come into complex interactions, self-organise, and acquire new trajectories. This involves designating the boundaries of the senses, the body–environment, and the “natural” and the urban, to recalibrate, if not undo them. The performativity of enacting measure/s is the key aspect of a creative approach to measure and contribute to the world’s ongoingness.


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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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