Hand and Mind was an exhibition and series of performances testing connections between the realms of speech and gesture, curated by Vanessa Boni. Artists Alex Cecchetti, Liz Magic Laser, Hanne Lippard, Jesper List Thomsen and Hagar Tenenbaum embody language and thought. Through painting, sculpture, choreography and performance they unsettle political, personal and theoretical channels of communication.
Every meaning that we transmit and receive is shaped by our bodies. We mediate communication sensorially in a complex and sometimes unconscious system of reflexes. Spoken language and physical gesture are expressed by separate parts of our bodies, but — at least in Western cultures — social forces often undo their communicative synthesis. The works in Hand and Mind alter our perception of these dynamics, or even project us outside them.
This exhibition was generously supported by Arts Council England, Fluxus Art Projects, The Elephant Trust, Arts and Science Festival, University of Birmingham and Nicholson School of Dance.