Take a look at this wonderful slide-show illustrating the body language, facial expressions and hand gestures used in the world’s soap operas.
They are part of an exhibition of new German art at the Saatchi gallery which runs until 30 April 2012.
“Artist Julian Rosefeldt has sifted through stills from soap operas around the world and collated the melodramatic expressions of the performers, creating a study of our era’s emotional codes.”
It’s embarrassing. Not just for the actors themselves, but for oneself, as you realise how many of these gestures have been internalised and are no longer just ironic or comic references to second-hand soap melodrama, but have become an ordinary part of one’s own emotional vocabulary. OK, what I really mean is that I am unconsciously using about half of these gestures in an average conversation.
I exaggerate. But I am definitely using the ‘OK circle’ from slide 4 far too much in my philosophy classes…