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GestureLab 1 


Participatory public installation, London, 2019.
Developed in collaboration with a neuroscientist Dr Adela Desowska.
Commissioned by Artillery. Image ©James Robertshaw


Developed in collaboration with a neuroscientist Adela Desowska, we presented selected footage of working gestures and asked visitors to mimic a range of movements. Public was invited to interact with archives of body labours, fragmented semantics and gestic sounds. Participants response to stimuli of different modalities was measured in a purpose build booth. Their gestic responses were viewed live [shadow projection] and recorded for further study.  

Concept draws on Frank Gilbreth’s chronocyclegraphs, Laban/Lawrence kinethography and manual hielogryphics of Francis Bacon.

____The brief for the participant was simple: in the privacy of the booth, she will watch a selection of different body labours on a small monitor whilst mimicking the movements to the best of her ability. She consents explicitly to her gestures being filmed from the inside of the booth (and implicitly to her shadow being watched from the outside). Thus she enters into a relationship with three screens: 

(1) the monitor for her sole viewing in the private darkened setting, (2) the eye of the camera that diligently and greedily records her (re)actions; and (3) the plastic skin that captures her projected shadow, her flattened abstraction reflected back onto her and exposed to those that watch outside. The watching is watched and watches himself back.____