The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics

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The Team

The Team

Florian Bettel (Dr. Phil.)
Senior Scientist
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, Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
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.



Workshop I / Braunschweig

Between 24 – 28 of April 2017 the members of the project gathered for the first of a series of workshops. It took place in Braunschweig. During intese days of work, we presented each other materials and methods as well as research and first results of our individual approach to the topic.

Workshop II / Hallein

The international research project “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics” will host the Lab “The Politics of Gestures” at SchmiedeY. “The Politics of Gestures” Lab will set up a research space, where the interdisciplinary team will pursue the following questions.


The Project The Entanglement between Gesture, Media & Politics will be wraping up with a small conference in fall 2018. During this event, we will be presenting process, methods and results of our research to a broader public. Most likely, it will be taking place in Berlin. Updates will follow.


Presentation at workshop of VW-Foundation

Presentation of “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media, and Politics” at the second workshop of VW-Foundation’s program “Arts and Science in Motion – Wissenschaft und Kunst in Bewegung”, November 10–12, 2017 held at the Märkisches Gildehaus in Caputh, Germany.


Das Projekt The Entanglement between Gesture, Media & Politics wurde durch die Kooperation mit folgenden Partnern möglich: