The Entanglement between Gesture, Media, and Politics

Gesture, Media,
and Politics
The Team

The Team

Florian Bettel
Head of the Department of Cultural Studies
University of Applied Arts Vienna
His work focuses on aspects of the history of technology, cultures of dwelling, sepulchral culture, as well as artistic and curatorial activities. Link
Dina Boswank
Artist, lives and works in Berlin
She wanders through practices of creative access to technology and its defining media cultures both by researching and reenacting them. Link
Timo Herbst
Artist, lives and works in Leipzig
In his researches he cooperated with the Overseas Museum of Bremen, Museum of Natural History in Leipzig and the Egyptian Collection Georg Steindorff in Leipzig and has shown his work in several museums and galleries in and outside of Germany. Link
Irina Kaldrack
Guest Professor for „Knowledge Cultures in the Digital Age“ at Braunschweig University of Art
Her research focuses on the theory and history of digital media cultures, knowledge cultures under technological conditions, the media and scientific history of motion, as well as methods of media studies at the interrelation between design processes, artistic practice and academic research. Link
Stefanie Kiwi Menrath
Ethnographer and Cultural Scientist, University Hildesheim
After studies of ethnography in Heidelberg and Cologne she is an active member of, Ladyfest Berlin und moving records Heidelberg/Berlin. Link
Tobias Schulze
Project assistant, Braunschweig University of Art
He is in the master programme communication and media science at Humboldt-University Berlin, his BA in music and media studies is a historical study of audio recordings by Bessarabia Germans at Berliner Lautarchiv. Link
Konrad Strutz
Artist and Senior Lecturer, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Researching and inventing different modes of perception and representations of space are central topics throughout his work, which has an emphasis on sculpture and photography. Link
Laurie Young
Choreographer and Dancer, lives and works in Berlin
She is interested in the embodiment of unauthorized histories and their representation. Her work is made for the theater, natural history museums and site-specific installations. Link

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.


The Publication

Throwing Gestures examines the recent intensification of interest in gesture and the entanglement between gesture, media, and politics.

The gestures discussed pass from body to body and between states of medial representation. Protest movements, the respective aesthetics specific to those movements, the perpetuation of socio-economic crises over many decades, the plight of gig workers in precarious employment and mechanisms for the quantification of work and leisure are some of the issues addressed.



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

By Christian Schwinghammer / Daniel Stoecker, research college SENSING: On the Knowledge of Sensitive Media, Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM), Potsdam

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

Exhibition: Throwing Gestures

Review of exhibition „Throwing Gestures“ in Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin. Vernissage 7 Dec 2018, open 9–16 Dec 2018


Book presentation “Throwing Gestures”

On May 19, 2022, the book presentation of “Throwing Gestures. Protest, Economy and the Imperceptible” took place at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Marie Artaker, Gerald Bast (rector), Florian Bettel, Ernst Strouhal and Konrad Strutz spoke.

Final publication: Throwing Gestures

The final publication, „Throwing Gestures,“ was published by Verlag für moderne Kunst in September 2021. Editors are Florian Bettel, Irina Kaldrack and Konrad Strutz.


Durchgeführt an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig; gefördert durch die Volkswagen-Stiftung im Rahmen des Programms Arts & Science in Motion; unterstützt von der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien.