A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A mix of posts on gesture, HCI, perception or robots and some personal information.

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Archive for March, 2006

Tactical Iraqi Teaches Gestures

In the news recently by the BBC, a new computer game called Tactical Iraqi teaches US soldiers Iraqi gestures and spoken sentences. It’s a pragmatic approach to a pragmatic problem: How to get around in Iraq without causing unnecessary tension or ending up shooting each other. It is based on a 1st-person shooter game.
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Gesturing Justice Scalia Explains

A judge in America, mr Scalia, recently earned major media attention because he made a gesture. The form: cupping the hand under the chin and flicking the fingers like a backward wave. It was interpreted as ‘Va fan’ culo‘ by the gathered journalists and photograpers. He explained it himself (in a letter) as meaning “I [...]

The Int. Soc. on Gesture Studies

Sinds 2002 bestaat er een International Society on Gesture Studies Ze organiseren conferenties (Austin 2002, Lyon 2005, Chicago2007) en ondersteunen het internationale journal Gesture. Het Nijmegen Gesture Center is een van de steunpilaren (qua mensen en faciliteiten), alsmede de labs van Janet Bavelas, Susan Goldin-Meadow, David McNeill, en het Berlin Gesture Center (zie hun links).

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I am not a connoisseur of Rembrandt nor of any other painter for that matter. I am but a student of the way people gesture. Rembrandt’s portrayal of scenes stocked with people in action struck me as a nice object of study. His capture of a moment and the life within his pictures is widely [...]

What a nice gesture

This evening I will come home and give my wife some flowers.
What will she make of this? Why do I give her flowers? Is it a nice gesture? Why call it a gesture at all?
Why do we call certain actions by people in certain conditions ‘a gesture’ (a ‘nice gesture’, or ‘only a gesture’)? Actions [...]


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