Toward a General Theory of Gestures. Review of Vilém Flusser, Gestures, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2014, 193 pp.

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Title: Toward a General Theory of Gestures. Review of Vilém Flusser, Gestures, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2014, 193 pp.
Authors: Rodríguez-Ferrándiz, Raúl
Research Group/s: Industrias Culturales Hoy: Producción, Difusión, Gestión y Consumo de Productos Culturales en la Era de la Información (IICCXXI)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Comunicación y Psicología Social
Keywords: Gestures | Semiotics | Communication | Phenomenology
Knowledge Area: Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Publisher: University of Southern California. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Citation: International Journal of Communication. 2017, 11: 553-557
Abstract: Gestures are perhaps the everyday signifying practice that receives the least analytic attention. We process oral and written texts, photographs, films and videos, music (with or without lyrics), paintings, drawings, and graphics of all kinds. We value the design and functionality of the objects that surround us, and we use them on a daily basis. However, we tend to dismiss the gestures that not only accompany but also produce and manipulate the texts and objects that surround us. We incessantly make and interpret gestures, but our analytical attention dismisses them and focuses on their products-what we say, write, build, paint, photograph, film, record, seek, and love-not on the gestures that produce them and, by doing so, frame and shape their meaning.This dimension of the message is greatly neglected, not only by the nonspecialized user but also by the expert analyst. Fortunately, the book reviewed here, Gestures, by Vilém Flusser, offers a deep, extremely original, meticulous, and suggestive reflection on gestures.
ISSN: 1932-8036
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/review
Rights: © 2017 (Raúl Rodríguez-Ferrándiz, Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)
Peer Review: si
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