GESTURE & DIRECTION
RCA Dyson Building, Battersea. SW11 4AN
31st January 2017
Guest Curated by Léa Herbeth
Guest Artists Karen Mirza & Brad Butler.
Katherine Fishman, Benji Jeffrey, David Theobald, Anna Zett
This screening brings together five works that provide a frame to examine the significance of a physical gesture in contemporary life and society. These videos assess real and simulated human gestures and actions that we encounter in life, Hollywood films and digital gaming. Be it in the way we carry a backpack or project ourselves to a public audience, the state in which we encounter and assess gestures become increasingly complex and blurred, particularly as progression is made in digital technologies and encourages a state of ‘refinement’ in human action. What becomes apparent in these works is a need to review physical gestures, large or minute, human or digital. To what extent are we being directed and how does the lens or digital mediums allow for reflection and ‘progress’ in contemporary life?
The High Life 2015, 3min 05
Somewhere Between an Act and an Actor 2016, 4min 20
Instructional Posture 2016, 7min 29
DINOSAUR.GIF 2014, 20min 59
Hold Your Ground 2012, 7min 57
Karen Mirza & Brad Butler