Description and appreciation of abstract art

Three abstract paintings by Paul Klee were presented to participants, who were subsequently asked to describe the paintings from memory and to talk about the meaning and message of the images. The illustration shows Klee’s “Tightrope Walker” and MoCap traces of a participant drawing the picture’s structure into the gesture space in front of her during her description of the image.


  • Mittelberg, Irene (2012): Balancing acts. Felt qualitites of meaning in descriptive gestures and artworks by Paul Klee. CSDL 9, UBC, Vancouver, May 17-20, 2012.
  • Mittelberg, Irene (2013): Balancing acts: Image schemas and force dynamics as experiential essence in pictures by Paul Klee and their gestural enactments. Language and the Creative Mind, eds. B. Dancygier, M. Bokrent, J. Hinnell. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information.