A gesture is a physical movement that expresses thoughts, feelings and emotions. Unlike an action, it springs from an irrepressible urge and lacks a specific purpose. ‘The major gesture’ is static and represents consensus within society or a canon within the arts. By contrast, ‘the minor gesture’ is dynamic and opposes the dominant discourse from the margins. It simultaneously creates both closeness and independence. The creative gesture of the artist is always an invitation, an act of reaching out, a touch. Since gesture inevitably involves movement, it relates closely to choreography and performance.
In two live performances “Translectures on Minor Gestures in 16 Movements” the philosopher and dancer Erin Manning and artist and performer Nikolaus Gansterer activate a spatial setup at MSK Museum Ghent in Belgium with a series of hybrid configurations of spoken word, drawings and movements gesturing towards a materiality of barley perceptible processes of sensing the world via the minor.
More info: gansterer.org/A-Study-on-Minor-Gestures/
A performance lecture by Nikolaus Gansterer and Erin Manning.
Duration: 45 minutes
Within the exhibition: The Minor Gesture - Le Moindre Geste - Het Kleine Gebaar
Venue: MSK - Museum voor Schone Kunst / Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium.
Duration: 18.06.2016 - 15.08.2016
Curated by Catherine de Zegher.
In the framework of the Euopean project: Manufactories or Caring Space-Time
A collaboration between MSK - Museum voor Schone Kunst, Ghent, Belgium and FRAC Lorraine Metz, France and Fundacio Antoni Tapies Barcelona, Spain.