“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:
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.
- Political Gestures
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.
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. 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 (Fall 2018) the results as well as the process
itself will be presented to a wider public.
Funded by Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of the “Arts&Science
Irina Kaldrack (lead), Tobias Schulze
of Art (HBK)
Florian Bettel, Konrad Strutz
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Stefanie Kiwi Menrath
Start: April 2017, duration: 2 years
Konrad Strutz: „21.3.2011 19:43–22.3.2011 13:04. 2011“ (Lambdaprint, 100 x 125 cm).