Scriptings#14: The Nondescript of our Gestures
Temporary screens and projections with film clips by Fernand Deligny, Renaud Victor, a.o.

Tue Nov 16, 2010, 7 p.m.

Seminar room 40112, GEIWI-Tower (1. floor)
University of Innbruck / Institute for Comparative Literature
Innrain 52, Innsbruck

Admission free

projection screens for f.d.

Scriptings#14: The Nondescript of our Gestures

Placing things like gestures in space. Arranging things with hands, bringing them together for a time: in the dilapidated Parisian shops in Les Halles that are desperately trying to make their façades presentable again, I find a correspondence in a library: “I received your letter . . . read it again and again, dear friend, signed Fernand Deligny, November 16, 1968.” And the title of an unknown film I had never heard of: Le Moindre Geste. That’s right, Achim, that’s actually how it should be when we, I, make things—preserving, discovering, guiding the slightest, smallest, indescribable, cautious, most nondescript gestures. Looking further—a large, beautiful book, printed in French on extremely thin paper; that’s what there is of the author. Not so much in German, of course: from Merve (as usual) a volume from the seventies: “Ein Floss in den Bergen". A book that lies, like a discarded teddy bear, sequestered in storage at the university library in Innsbruck (with places, I also change books), so that it is no longer possible to access its worn-out greenery.
I have, however, gotten my hands onto one passage: “It happens that a certain drifting gesture—geste de dérive—suddenly becomes a guiding gesture—geste dérive—which is as much a gesture as a thing. The most nondescript of our gestures is initially a thing, and the unassuming thing can conjure an entire world of gestures.”*
*Fernand Deligny, Ein Floss in den Bergen / A Raft in the Mountains

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