Image as gesture: notes on Aernout Mik’s Communitas and the modern political film

Walking through Aernout Mik’s exhibition Communitas, dwelling in the encounter with the people and situations in front of and on the screens, one is struck by the cinematic and political qualities of the gestures in these powerful video installations. In this article some film-philosophical reflections on the silent performative force of the image as gesture and as politics will be explored.

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