Paul Klee (1937) 'Bilderbogen' (Printed Sheet with Pictures). Phillips Collection

Body Diagrams

On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture

Interdisciplinary Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 16:00h-18:00h
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
, 10:00h-18:30h

RWTH Aachen HumTec, Room 303, Theaterplatz 14, 52062 Aachen


Saturday, 20.09.

16h00 - Arrival & Coffee
16h30 - 16h45 Irene Mittelberg & Alexander Gerner:
Welcome & introduction
16h45 - 18h00 Helmut Pape (Bamberg)
Bodies in Dialogue. The Force of Gestures in Peirce's Rhetoric of Assertions
20h00 Workshop Dinner

Sunday, 21.09.

10h00 - 10h45 Alexander Gerner (Lisbon)
Notes on epistemic enhancements by "moving (pictures) gestures of thought"
10h45 - 11h30 Valeria Giardino (Paris)
Diagramming: Connecting cognitive systems to enhance reasoning
11h30 Coffee

11h45 - 12h30 Christina Krause (Bremen)
Information bundles and their associated signs: How gestures can 'make' mathematical meaning
12h30 - 13h15 Irene Mittelberg & Daniel Schüller (Aachen)
Diagrams in and of gestures: Kinetic icons of relations and their graphical transformation through motion-capture technology
13h30 -15h00 Lunch

15h00 - 15h45 Doris Schöps (Berlin)
Body postures and the embodiement of socialist roles in German feature films
15h45 - 16h30 Paola Crespi (London)
'The language of movement': Rudolf Laban's Diagrammatics of Gesture
16h30 Coffee

17h00 - 17h45 Hannah Groninger & Viktor Gatys (Aachen)
Drawing imagined spaces: Gestures as real-time diagrams in architectural design processes
17h45 - 18h30 Discussion & Closing

Speakers include:

  • Paola Crespi (London)
  • Viktor Gatys (RWTH Aachen)
  • Alexander Gerner (Lissabon)
  • Valeria Giardino (Paris)
  • Hannah Groninger (RWTH Aachen)
  • Christina Krause (Bremen)
  • Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen)
  • Helmut Pape (Bamberg)
  • Doris Schöps (Berlin)
  • Daniel Schüller (RWTH Aachen)

Organized by:


  • Irene Mittelberg (HumTec, RWTH Aachen University)
  • Alexanders Gerner (CFCUL, Universidade de Lisboa)


Bela Brenger
Building 6070 | Room 404
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 80 25485
Fax: +49 241 80 22493