It’s rare that we get a look inside North Korean culture–the country largely blocks access to outsiders, while a restrictive U.S. embargo makes it difficult for museums to purchase North Korean art, even from third-parties. A current exhibition at the Venice Architectural Biennale, though, gives us some more insight into the culture of the notoriously isolated country.
If you’ve watched any sort of election in the past decade, you know that political grandstanding has moved to the extremities, mainly in the form of the hand gesture. While you may not agree with their politics, you’ve probably seen Obama’s firm “get the point across” fist wagging, and Michele Bachmann’s wild gesticulations, which may be among the best in Washington.
Today’s GIF of the day comes from “A Glossary of Hand Gestures” by artists Jasmine Johnson and Alice May Williams. In it, a variety of hand gestures are shown in GIF form, each one meant to help an intellectual out in different critical situations like “when explaining hierarchies” or “when making a very fine distinction.” Statements beneath the GIFs describe the gestures in a very straightforward, tongue-in-cheek way, which makes the site seem like flashcards for aspiring intellectuals and politicians. It pokes fun at grandstanding while all the while being silly and slightly biting.