This is a research project engages the theme “Art & Measurement” and attempts to creatively link imagination, affect and on going transformation in measurement. It addresses the ambivalence of measurement and measurability in contemporary realities, and experiments with different concepts of measurement from the positions of arts.
We are surrounded by practices of measurement. Every day, we read and hear about astronomically big numbers, or unimaginable small figures through which the financial crisis as well as environmentally hazardous catastrophes are explained. Those measurements directly penetrate our life and death, and the world of being and becoming. Recent philosophical discussions around aesthetics question the limits of scientific logic, and suggest profound changes around measurement today. These arguments introduced two perspectives: one is biopolitical governance by ontopower (Brian Massumi, Maurizio Lazzarato, Tiziana Terranova, Patricia T. Clough) and the other is market speculation and affects of branding (Christine Harold, Steven Goodman, Luciana Parisi). Following these discussions, the project asks: what do those scientific measurements in numbers, digits, codes and diagrams actually tell us? How do acts of measuring function and influence our world? How does this effect the production of the social? Infusing with a positive spirit of dilettantism in order to make inspiring and novel imaginations on measurement possible, my investigation on Art & Measurement takes form not only in reading, writing and thinking, but also conversing, scrabbling, touching objects, and feeling with an active engagement of the body.