On Gesture: Approaches & Questions

On Gesture: Approaches & Questions
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Friday 17 May 2019

11:30 AM - 06:30 PM


The DigiLab, William Morris Building



Event details

The study-day draws upon the rich literature on gesture recently emerged across media and film studies, design, dance, psychoanalysis, linguistics, art, philosophy and performance studies. The aim of this event is less centred around defining gesture and its particular ontology, in these various fields but rather opening up the concept for further investigation. The main focus is then on the methodological stances and attitudes better apt to examine gesture as a medium across disciplines and between theory and practice, in the attempt to understand why these movements of the body have become so important to us in a postdigital world.

The event will comprise contributions by Darren Berkland (CPC, Coventry University), Bonnie Evans (Queen Mary, University of London), Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University), Catherine MacTaggart (artist), Caroline Molloy (MPA, Coventry University), Sara Reed (C-DaRE, Coventry University), and an artist talk by Agata Mergler (York University, Toronto).

Day Schedule

10.30 – 11.00: Registration

11.00 – 11.10: Welcome and Opening remarks

11.10 – 12.10:

  • Presentation session 1
  • Bonnie Evans (Queen Mary, University of London), Cinema, Gesture, and the Invention of Psychological Normality
  • Caroline Molloy (MPA, Coventry University) The Politics of the Smile: Looking at framing and gesture in early studio practices
  • + discussion

12.10 – 12.30: Coffee break

12.30 – 13.30:

  • Presentation session 2
  • Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University) Gesture and the Biopolitics of Networked
  • Media: Vine Videos and #Boredom
  • Darren Berkland (CPC, Coventry University) Presenting a research paper: a gesture
  • + discussion

13.30 – 14.15: Lunch break

14.15 – 15.15:

  • Haptic/Visual Identities
  • Artist talk with Agata Mergler (York University, Toronto)

15.15 – 16.15:

  • Round table
  • Tom Gorman (MPA, Coventry University) Catherine MacTaggart (artist)
  • Sara Reed (C-DaRE, Coventry University)

Booking information

To attend, please register.


For enquiries please contact Dr. Miriam De Rosa