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A series of plays based on gestures with authoritative rhetoric

ФИО студента: Ekaterina Mordvinkina

Руководитель: Alexandra Kuznetsova

Кампус/факультет: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Программа: Design (Bachelor)

Год защиты: 2021

Gestures collectively form complex linguistic systems that become the basis of independent sign languages. What they have in common, however, is that such languages are often based on a simplified iconic view of the world - the conditionality of a sign's form by its semantics. Due to the structure of sign language, which is formed by gestures, it can convey several streams of information at once - that is, organise several spaces simultaneously. Also, by using it as an auxiliary tool in a speaker's speech, the creation of additional meanings in the speaking process becomes possible, which can be attempted to be subjectively interpreted. Visual research is part of the Graduate Qualification Paper "A series of performances based on gestures with power rhetoric". The research examines social and political gestures as linguistic signs and one of the basic units of non-verbal communication. It consists of three sections, each of which looks at gesture from a different perspective: the first looks at gesture phenomena, the second at gestures of political, religious and legal figures through a comparison of corporeal and cultural codes. Thus, the focus of the study becomes socio-political gestures as linguistic signs and one of the main units of non-verbal communication. They are considered both in terms of the criterion of directiveness, addressing a person in a particular field of meaning, and the existence of "in themselves", having no specific recipient. It is the directionality of the gesture that also determines the addressee: through linguistic constructions in society, the subject itself is shaped, and then the discourse in which the action takes place. And since any communication takes place in the public field - society - in a dialogue with the authorities, the subject only becomes a subject when it is addressed by them. An important part of the research is an attempt to elaborate a new corporeal vocabulary with an overtone of power, capable of revealing the essence of these actions and the resultant relations in society through parody and denunciation of the actions of power as an institution. The intention is also to explore how a more succinct analogy for the discourse of power can be created by reassembling signs from various fields. The series of performances is thus intended to be a conversation made on dance and movement about the non-verbal, 'mute oppression' exercised by power in different areas of society through types of communication using the gestures presented in the study.

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