Casts of hands in conventionalised gestures © TU Chemnitz, photo: Kay Herschelmann

Gestures. An exhibition in Frankfurt am Main

Thumbs up, everything’s okay! Digital applications commonly use hand gestures and signs to express an idea or to operate games, vehicles, computers or household appliances, both at work and at home. In the digital world, gestures have attained a highly prominent position. But where do these gestures come from? Gestures are an integral part of our analogue communication. They support human speech and have been an integral part of cultural history for centuries. Open until 23 February 2020, the Frankfurt Museum of Communication is presenting the exhibition “Gesten – gestern, heute, übermorgen” (Gestures – yesterday, today, the day after tomorrow), which is dedicated to the origin and significance of gestures in different cultures as well as in current applications, and which ventures a glimpse into a future that may possibly be far more dominated by gestures than we can imagine today.

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