The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics

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The Project

The Project

The Entanglement between Gesture, Media & Politics

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. These processes will be theorized and become tangible through an emphasis on the following two research questions:

Photo: Torsten Schmitt Fotografie | Berlin | www.fotosch.de

 

1. Im/Perceptible Gesture. What is the transition point, the moment, when a movement is recognized as a gesture within a respective entanglement of sensory input and media technology? We explore the measurement of movements while handling technology, asking how it eventually is a mediated representation in itself.

2. Political Gesture. How do inter-subjectively comprehensible gestures become powerful conveyors of political concerns? Political gestures relate to a certain context or situation. They are not political by themselves; these gestures have to be mediated to gain meaning and significance.

Scientists and artists are working together over the course of two years, participating in three international workshops where they bring together various fields of research and diverse artistic media such as: Sound, performance art, and visual art, as well as media studies, dance science, history of technology, and social sciences.

Photo: Tobias Schulze, tjschulze.de
Photo: Tobias Schulze, tjschulze.de

 

Besides fundamental research, working with exemplary gestures and movements will also take place as part of the workshops. To enable and support the interdisciplinary approach, a special framework was designed: Through so called transformation chains, individual research work and the participants’ respective methodologies are connected within a performative space. The individual material will literally be transformed by approaching it from different perspectives, making a net of representations and shared experiences visible and generating knowledge on the basis of this synthesis.

During a final symposium in Berlin (End of 2018) the results as well as the process itself will be presented to a wider public.

Photo: Torsten Schmitt Fotografie | Berlin | www.fotosch.de

 

The project is hosted by the Braunschweig University of Art; funded by Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of the Arts&Science in Motion program; supported by University of Applied Arts Vienna.

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.

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Projects

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

From September 4 to 10, 2018 we met for the fourth and last workshop at the Art Quarter Bethanien (Kunstquartier Bethanien). We worked intensively on our collective and individual installations for the exhibition in December.

Symposium: Throwing Gestures

Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin. Vernissage December 7th, 7.30 pm. Symposium December 8th, 10 am–7 pm.

The exhibition and the international symposium are the finale of a two-year interdisciplinary research project investigating the interdependencies that exist between gestures and ubiquitous, globally networked technologies.

Exhibition: Throwing Gestures

Vernissage 7 Dec 2018 – open daily 12 am – 8 pm– until 16 Dec 2018

A warm welcome to our exhibition „Throwing Gestures“ in Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin.

News

G20

Dina Boswank, Timo Herbst, Irina Kaldrack, Silas Mücke, Marcus Nebe

Partner/Cooperation

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