February Open Office for Words


February’s Open Office for Words took place on the 1st of February at ADA, Area for Debate and Art, Rotterdam.

Speakers included: Alexis Blake, Marjolijn Dijkman, Deirdre M. Donoghue, and Sjoerd Westbroek.

The Office served Passion Cake, French Chocolate Cake and Blueberry/Cinnamon muffins. A selection of Coffee, Rooibos and Chinese Jasmine tea was poured.

The following reader has been compiled from the texts and artworks that were present.


-Notes on Gesture
in Means Without End: Notes on Politics, Giorgio Agamben, University of Chicago Press, 2000.
-The Politics of Small Gestures,
Mika Hannula, Art-ist publications, Istanbul 2006.
-Gesture and Thought,
David Mc Neill, University of Chicago, 2006.
-Two Gestures While Waiting for a Third,
Victor J.Vitanza. Read the text here.
-Chrilogia: Or The Natural Language of The Hand, John Bulwer, London, Thomas Harper 1644.
-Inventory / Talk to The Hand,
in Cabinet issue 26., Brial Dillon.
-Becoming Besides Ourselves: The Alphabet, Ghosts and Distributed Human Being,
Rotman, Lenoir, Duke University Press, 2008.
Practical Illustrations of Rhetorical Gesture and Action, Henri Siddons, Printed for Sherwood, Neely and Jones, London, 1822.
-Gesture Sequences
in The Practice of Everyday Life-Volume 2. Certeau, Giard, Mayol, Univerisity of Minnesota, 1998.
-Social Choreography; Ideology as Performance in Dance and Everyday Movement,
Andrew Hewitt, 2005.
-Yvonne Rainer, The Mind is a Muscle,
Catherine Wood, Afterall Books, 2007.
-Theory of The Street
, Paulien Oltheten, NAI Publishers.
Gesture and Speech Production, De Ruijter, University of Nijmegen, 1999.
Gesture and The Nature of Language, Armstrong, cambridge University Press, 1995.
-Gesture in Medieval Drama and Art,
(ed.) Clifford Davidson, Medieval Institute Publication, 2005.
-Gesture:Visible Action as Utterance,
Kendon, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

PhD Dissertation:
– Gestus in The Theatres of Brecht and Beckett, Barry Batorsky, The Graduate Centre of The City University of New York, 1987.

, John Benjamin’s Publishing Company, Amsterdam, NL.

Art Books:
-Theatrum Orbis Terrarum / Gestures,
Marjolijn Dijkman, Jan Van Eyck Academie and Peacock Visual Arts.
-Survival Of An Idea, Özlem Altin, 2008.

Art Works:
Ruth Legg, (video work 9′33”).

Flickr Photos

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