Throwing Gestures

  • Protest, Economy and the Imperceptible
Edited Volume


Florian Bettel , Justine A. Chambers , Riccardo E. Chesta , Herbst, Timo , Kaldrack, Irina , Alexander Koch , Leeker, Martina , Zoe Lefkofridi , Menrath, Stefanie Kiwi , Rieger, Stefan , Tobias Schulze , Konrad Strutz , Wenzel, Anna-Lena , Young, Laurie


Florian Bettel , Kaldrack, Irina , Konrad Strutz

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Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Wien, Österreich, 2021


Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Art Theory, Media Theory, Protest, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Performance, Political Science


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Gesture in focus—Gestural body movements play an increasingly vital role in disciplines across the board, including politics, art, the media, and technology. In Throwing Gestures, contributors examine 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. What do gestures communicate about society and politics in the context of transformation driven by ubiquitous technology and media? Fourteen contributors, including curators and art critics, from diverse fields ranging from visual and performing arts, cultural studies, and cultural history, to media theory and political science, shed light on the many aspects that comprise mediatized gestures today. Developed from independent approaches brought together through interdisciplinary collaborations, Throwing Gestures combines conversational, artistic, and essayistic contributions with scientific articles. Image and text are juxtaposed. Readers are invited to leaf through the collection or approach the volume as a flipbook. The associative, artistic, performative, and scientific examinations in the preceding research project have found a continuation in both the contents of the book, and in the book itself as a tangible artefact. Contributors: Florian Bettel (University of Applied Arts Vienna), Dina Boswank (artist, Berlin), Justine A. Chambers (choreographer and dancer), Riccardo E. Chesta (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence), Timo Herbst (artist, Leipzig), Irina Kaldrack (Braunschweig University of Art), Alexander Koch (curator, Berlin), Martina Leeker (scholar, Berlin), Zoe Lefkofridi (University of Salzburg), Stefanie Kiwi Menrath (Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin), Stefan Rieger (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Tobias Schulze (Braunschweig University of Art), Konrad Strutz (University of Applied Arts Vienna), Anna-Lena Wenzel (art critic, Berlin), Laurie Young (choreographer and dancer, Berlin). Content p. 4 Acknowledgements p. 9 Florian Bettel, Irina Kaldrack, Konrad Strutz: Throwing Gestures. An Introduction p. 21 Irina Kaldrack: Modeling the Gestural p. 51 Konrad Strutz: Gestures of Labor. An Artistic Contemplation p. 65 Stefan Rieger: Naive Physics. Gestures of Intuition p. 79 Florian Bettel: Contextualizing Praying Bodies—Gestures and the Military p. 89 Justine A. Chambers in Conversation with Laurie Young: With the Gestures Where We Feel Charge p. 105 Florian Bettel: At the Center of Attention—Gesture, Police, and the Commodification of Protest p. 135 Timo Herbst, Marcus Nebe: Play by Rules p. 161 Riccardo E. Chesta, Zoe Lefkofridi: Symbolic Gestures in Contemporary Protest Movements p. 183 Laurie Young: Ambit p. 201 Alexander Koch in Conversation with Timo Herbst: Artistic Gestures—Political Gestures p. 213 Exhibition Views p. 245 Anna-Lena Wenzel: Gestures of an Exhibition p. 259 Irina Kaldrack, Tobias Schulze: Dancing Fists p. 325 Stefanie Kiwi Menrath: Artistic-Scientific Complicities. The Entanglement between Gesture, Media, and Politics Project from an Empirical-Cultural Anthropological Perspective p. 347 Biographies

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 09 May 2022, 10:57 | Edit Date: 29 November 2023, 20:27