Hands... THE SEMIOLOGY OF 'HAND POSES - A Crowd Donated Installation Art Piece By Stephen Rumney
updated 8 days ago
You're in front of the camera and you want to look your best and project the best image... of course you do because this is your one chance to climb the ladder to world wide superstardom. You only get one shot and this is it, lights, camera action...
But the decision is difficult... do you relax with hands limp and look natural, and perhaps a little boring, or do you use your hands to give your pose more sparkle, personality and pizzaz.
"Go for it", the voice in your head cajoles, prompting you to do something that will make you stand out. There are a million wannabee stars so this is your square to shine and be noticed. This is the cover that will sell your record and make you a star.
With this in mind the voice in your head continues... "Don't go limp, don't relax"... "make a difference, make your mark".
And here are the results of how the stars of yesteryear dealt with the the dilema of 'hands relaxed, boring and limp' or 'hands posed to impress. This exhibition of covers documents the variety of hand poses chosen to encourage record shoppers world-wide to buy the artist's record.
As marketing experts will tell you, the most important thing is to establish your 'brand' and come up with a unique and memorable brand personality that identifies you as an original.
The hand is a tool of expression. The pose you chose and the juxtaposition of the hand with other parts of the body gives an infinite variety of poses to choose from. Without words you can convey moods and compose visual sentences that communicate your personality, mood and message. It's a bit like having a catch phrase but in this case it's visual and expressed through the the position of your hands.
In this study we get a glimpse in to the semiology of the hand pose and document them here with their official technical titles...
THIS IS A CROWD DONATION INSTALLATION ART PIECE… One in a series of Art Pieces I'm creating… if you have any of these covers or any of the covers in my other lists please in box and donate the records and covers to the crowd donated artwork. Condition of record not important :-). To get on the donator's list for the art piece please enclose a note with the package with your credit line "Donated By...". Many thanks for your contribution... Please send donated cover to: Record Cover Installation Project, 53 Belmont Hill, London SE13 5AX, United Kingdom.