The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics

Gesture, Media &

The Project

The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics is a research project investigating the interdependencies that exist between bodily movements or gestures, and ubiquitous, globally networked technologies.

To display and displaying oneself gains greater significance within the context of the unrestricted and instantaneous global exchange of video material as well as in an everyday world increasingly defined by sensors and computers. Thus the meaning of presence and publicness changes, evolves and new forms appear.



Workshop I / Braunschweig

From April 24 to 28, 2017, the project participants met for the first workshop in Braunschweig. During several days of intensive collaboration, we presented our materials and methods, as well as preliminary research results, identified common interests on the basis of selected case studies and tested various methods to acquaint ourselves with them analytically.

Workshop II / Hallein

The international art and design festival “Schmiede Hallein” was the setting for the second workshop of the research project “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics”, held from September 20 to 30, 2017. In one section of the extensive grounds of the former salt refinery, the project team created a space for experiments involving physical gestures, technology and spatial installations.

Workshop III / Berlin-Köpenick

The third workshop took place at Lake Studios, Berlin Köpenick from May 15–19. Our task was to work intensively on installations, lecture performances and choreographies. Eventually, we concentrated on consolidations and aesthetic shapings after having explored and experimented on our focus topics and case scenarios in previous working phases.

Workshop IV / Berlin-Kreuzberg

Vom 4. bis 10. September 2018 treffen wir uns zum vierten und letzten Workshop im Kunstquartier Bethanien. Wir arbeiten intensiv an unseren kollektiven und individuellen Installationen für die Ausstellung im Dezember.


The Project The Entanglement between Gesture, Media & Politics will be wraping up with a small conference in fall 2018. During this event, we will be presenting process, methods and results of our research to a broader public. Most likely, it will be taking place in Berlin. Updates will follow.


Timo Herbst: solo-show "Optical Flow"

In his upcoming solo-show „Optical Flow“ at „jungem museum Bottrop“ Timo Herbst shows a collection of drawings and videos which deal with human gestures in private and groupformations in public spheres.

Presentation at workshop of VW-Foundation

Presentation of “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media, and Politics” at the second workshop of VW-Foundation’s program “Arts and Science in Motion – Wissenschaft und Kunst in Bewegung”, November 10–12, 2017 held at the Märkisches Gildehaus in Caputh, Germany.


Das Projekt The Entanglement between Gesture, Media & Politics wurde durch die Kooperation mit folgenden Partnern möglich: