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?


Running Order:

The High Life 2015, 3min 05

David Theobald


Somewhere Between an Act and an Actor 2016, 4min 20

Benji Jeffrey


Instructional Posture 2016, 7min 29

Katherine Fishman


DINOSAUR.GIF 2014, 20min 59

Anna Zett


Hold Your Ground 2012, 7min 57

Karen Mirza & Brad Butler