The further we go into the Digital Age, the clearer it becomes that, in human-machine communication, gestures will have a growing influence on our everyday life. Many jobs that used to be performed strictly manually increasingly entail machine control, whereby a gesture is the means a worker uses to assign the task to a machine. What this calls for are new interfaces that keep this process as intuitive as possible for the user. This objective can be attained either by utilizing gestures derived from a human user’s physical act of performing the task manually, or by coming up with alternative (conventional, everyday) gestures assigned new functions and significances in this particular context.
The Futurelab’s collaborative research with Chemnitz University of Technology has, among other results, produced a gesture glossary, created means of controlling virtual worlds via gestures, and developed installations to get across the findings and parameters of gesture research in a playful way.
The resulting research findings and interactive exhibits were put on display together with works by such noted international artists as Daniel Rozin, Golan Levin and Jennifer Crupi at an exhibition entitled Gesten – gestern, heute, übermorgen [Gestures – – in the past, present, and future] that ran from November 2017 to March 2018 at Industrie Museum Chemnitz. From April to September 2019, the Museum for Communication Berlin showed the exhibition, and from September 2019 to February 2020 it has been on view at the Museum for Communication Frankfurt. Currently, from April 2nd to November 5th 2023, the exhibition is being shown at the Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein | Landesmuseum Koblenz. All the works shown were conceived to enable the general public to grasp the fundamental transformation of communication and this phenomenon’s background from an artistic, scientific and technological perspective.
Read more in the Interview with Marianne Eisl of Ars Electronica Futurelab: