The Minor Gesture
Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She is the author of several books, including Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance, also published by Duke University Press.
Weather Patterns, or How Minor Gestures Entertain the Environment
Taking her own experience of an artistic exhibition as the generator of thought, in chapter 3 Manning explores how and where the artful emerges within artistic practice. It is here that the theory of the minor gesture is most specifically attended to. The chapter takes the question of how the minor gesture emerges in a process as central to what art can do and asks how and why the minor is less palpable in certain circumstances. The chapter finishes on a work entitled Weather Patterns, a work directly engaged with the questions at the heart of this manuscript: the artful, the more-than-human, art as way, participation and relation.