Gesture as a collective phantasm?

“.. we suggest viewing gestures as key constituents of phantasms , quasi-present objects that are produced through multi-modal utterances. This perspective highlights the ways in which gestures mark profound transformations of participants’ experiential histories, transformations that open up, for the speakers, new insights into the matters they strive to imagine. The study of these insights led us to emphasize not the simulative, but the creative roles of gestures.”

From: Gesture and Imagination: On the Constitution and Uses of Phantasms

 

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