A little Gesture


Videoinstallation / Duration: 5’08” (looped) / 2016

Can we connect with other species through the digital world? How are we using our verbal language, our human words towards non-human beings?

In this work, I create an experiment to examine the possible spaces in which humans and non-human animals move. Here, the leading questions are: Can we connect with other species through the digital world? Do we have to be physically in the same space to connect?

A found video footage in which a Great Tit flies on the hand of a girl to take the offered seeds inspired me to think about interspecies relations through the merging of physical and digital material. In this footage, both subjects in the same physical and digital space.

I disconnected human and bird in different layers of digital physicalities. Set in a loop, the Great Tit just seems now to fly on my hand, which is in this new setting in front of the screen. The sunflower seeds fall with a loud sound to the ground. The illusion of a common encounter in the same physical and digital space arises only at the moment when the bird seems to land on my finger. A single dialogue flows slowly as a text through the picture. These are words and sentences which humans use often for projections and dominations towards non-human beings.

In the Museum Centre PasquArt (Biel/Switzerland) in 2016, I arranged around 14’000 sunflowerseeds in lines and as two rectangles on the floor. This could be read as pixels in the room or/and how we human beings are controlling nature.

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Museum Centre PasquArt, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland / 2016



Microsoft Word - Projectdescribtion_AlittleGesture_FranziskaLaub