A three-day investigation: 25–27 January 2024
  • Date 25 January 2024 - 27 January 2024
  • Location Auditorium, Garden Quad, St John's College

This conference aims to take the term ‘gesture’ to task – asking what it means across art forms to make, trace, think, or perform gestures. Notions of the ‘gestural’ are at the heart of expression, but the assumptions on which the agency of the gesture is based are often overlooked. Arguably, the gesture or gestural sits at a strange intersection between the material and immaterial. As such, it is open to historical, philosophical, aesthetic, affective, and descriptive interrogation. This conference will focus on work ranging across aesthetic and material forms, unpacking and investigating the contingencies and commitments of gesture.

Mark Rowan Hull, Performance Gestures

One-day ticket: £10

Three-day ticket: £25

The programme – which will be announced shortly – includes art historians, art practitioners, musicologists, musicians and literary scholars.

To register your interest, please visit: https://www.gestureconference.com.

This conference is in conjunction with an exhibition of work by Mark Rowan-Hull, at St John’s College, Oxford, and will feature a performance by the artist as part of the conference.

The conference is convened by Dr Jennifer Johnson, Mark Rowan-Hull, Dr Rachel Coombes & Dr Tim Coombes.