Ver-Hand-lung versus? Ver-Hand-eln

Werner Jauk (AT), Laura Sophie Meyer (DE)

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Wed Sep 7, 2022, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu Sep 8, 2022, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri Sep 9, 2022, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat Sep 10, 2022, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun Sep 11, 2022, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
KEPLER'S GARDENS, Keplergebäude

scrabble & scribble – medial forms of creating worlds

Plan(et) B: Forward back – cultures of corpo-reality after those of in-sight and under-standing

The work is based on the German language, which allows “Ver-hand-lung”/negotiation to be etymologically derived from “ver-hand-eln” through “handling” hands. The english term more focuses on commercial activities.


Wittgenstein`s idea, thinking takes place in language based on corporeality, today is explained by embodied cognition: Understanding “secondary information” as signifying seeing perception of the mechanical body is based on experiencing “primary information” as meaning through the excitation of the seen for the hedonic body, the paradigm of hearing, Information in social media symbolic signs/words as media of understanding “Ver-hand-lung” is “reduced” to emoticons as signals of the experience of the “ver-hand-elnden” body. Visual culture of modernity turns “forward back” to postmodern culture of the hearing body, to “auditory culture” as plan(et) B.


As epistemological media art/artistic research, the work uses an experimental design: understanding symbolic Ver-hand-lung versus experiencing bodily Ver-hand-eln, seeing symbolic signs as media of logic in language versus hearing signals as immediate bodily forms of interaction through arousal. Meanings are thereby dynamic forms of relations between culture and nature.

Symbolic “Ver-hand-lung” as well as immediate bodily “ver-hand-eln” always takes place within social life in cultural and biological networks. These are implicitly initiated by the spontaneous “secret” imagination of “whatever” a person wants to “share” with the other.

This seeing under-standing of the negotiation, formalized in language/visual arts, is externalized in symbolic images.

The bodily Ver-hand-eln is done by “scribble”, the social negotiation of two interactors. Motion tracking captures handling agitations indicating communicative expression of the meaning for the body as sound-gesture.

The exciting action of “Ver-hand-eln”, formalized in music, is externalized by “sonification”.

These participatory processes interact with a learning system analyzing culturally semiological and individually biological meanings. It supports commonality by artificial emotionality reinforcing embodied cognition — commonality of understanding and experience in “syn-bios”.