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Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - Gestures

2008, Printed matter

A  series of poster which give insight in the archival system and images of the ongoing research 'Theatrum orbis Terrarum'. The posters with the changing index of Gestures are published in English, French and Portuguese.

Marjolijn Dijkman’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is an ever-expanding collection of photographs, assembled since 2005, that observe how people organise their living environments across the world. This growing collection of images is subjected to a cataloguing system that further underlines this shift from mapping a landscape to assembling an inventory of people’s actions upon it. Any information that would tie the images to specific places or people, cultural or economic contexts, is deliberately omitted. Instead, the images are sorted into categories such as ‘adapt, appropriate, conceal, demonstrate, direct, embrace, suffocate’ – all terms which typify the material realities we see as being traces and effects of human gestures.

Design: Julie Peeters

Published for:
English: Localisms, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL
French: Decollecting I, FRAC Nord Pas De Calais, Dunkerque, FR
Portuguese: Screaming and Hearing, 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, BR