Religious ideas have greatly influenced cultures – and even for many people who consider themselves non-religious, angelic figures have a place in their education, in their language and in their everyday imagination. In particular, the performing and visual arts, literature and music have also taken up the topic of „angels“ again and again and have worked on the theme of the „language of angels“ and the „transmission of messages“.
The participatory art project „Language of Angels. Gestures as Mediators between Cultures“ aims to find connections between these worlds of imagination, building on the experience of similar thematically oriented participatory art and aesthetic education projects.
The micro-project 2021/22 focuses on pictorial representations, photos of angel figures and other messenger figures whose gestures have a legible meaning, and on their translation into other forms of representation. Three invitations are issued: Two of them focus on the photo of gestures of the angels and the photographers; the third invites to dance and wants to translate the gestures into movement. Art examples will give the invitees impulses for their creations and suggestions for the realisation of their own ideas. Participating artists will contribute their own thematic approaches and give impulses for aesthetic form inventions.
The invitations are also aimed in particular at people for whom gestures play a very special role in communication, such as the deaf and also sign language interpreters. The results of the workshop work will be shown in Chemnitz in suitable rooms, partly in rooms of the religious communities, partly in rooms of project supporters (schools, universities, associations, foundations) in the form of presentations and events. The participating artists will also present their personal thematic and formal approaches.