Throwing Gestures. The Entanglement between Gesture, Media, and the Political

Throwing Gestures. The Entanglement between Gesture, Media, and the Political

Team des Drittmittelprojekts „The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics“. 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.
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Vom - Bis
08.12.2018 -
Kaldrack, Irina

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.

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 themeaning of presence and publicness changes, evolves and new forms appear.

Over the course of two years a group of scientists and artists have collaborated in international workshops bringing together their various fields of research and artistic media, such as: Visual art, dance, sound and performance art, as well as media studies, history of technology, and social sciences. Against this background, the final exhibition presents our artistic-scientific results to a broader public. The symposium shall enable a further and in-depth discussion on our findings, methods and work processes.

Der Eintritt ist frei. Um Anmeldung bis 25.11. wird gebeten:


10.00–10.20 h Introduction to the Symposium

10.30–12.30 h Im/Perceptible Gesture

The panel assembles different perspectives on this entanglement in order to discuss, what forms of gestural affections, expressions, practices and meaning emerge in different historical and technical constellations.

Marie-Luise Angerer (Potsdam), “Moving Forces”
Irina Kaldrack (Braunschweig), “Modeling the Gestural”
Stefan Rieger (Bochum), “Naïve Physics. Gestures of Intuition”
Konrad Strutz (Wien), “Lost Motion”

14.00–16.00 h Gesture and the Political

The panel approaches the political gesture by observing that the media-communicated protest gesture is/becomes prevalent in popular culture as well as in art. The re-enactment and the transmission of protest with and by gesture—beyond the spatial as well as temporal, even beyond the physical context—is the focus of the discussion.

Florian Bettel (Wien), “At the center of attention: Gestures of Protest in Art and Culture”
Timo Herbst (Leipzig), “Play by rules”
Zoe Lefkofridi (Salzburg), “Symbolic Gestures in Contemporary Protest Movements”
Oliver Marchart (Wien), “The People’s Gesture. On Minimal Sovereignty”

16.30–18.30 h Staging the Entanglement between Arts and Humanities

The panel reflects the work processes between artistic and scientific actors in interdisciplinary projects, including the example of cooperation in the project EGMP. The interdisciplinary collaboration of artists and scientists, the (self-)organization or methodology of collaborative working as well as the presentation of such work processes in project results such as exhibitions are
treated topics.

Andreas Broeckmann (Lüneburg) and Daniela Silvestrin (Lüneburg), “Interfaces of Artistic Research“
Martina Leeker (Berlin), “Entanglement of Art and the Humanities for mediocrity”
Stefanie Kiwi Menrath (Hildesheim), “Collaboration? Transformation and complicity in arts/humanities practices”
Laurie Young (Berlin), “Moving Through Membranes”


Irina Kaldrack

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (HBK)
Johannes-Selenka-Platz 1, 38118 Braunschweig