Considering that two thirds of human communication is non verbal, we place far to much emphasis on words. It explains why talking to your lover or friend on the phone can sometimes seem awkward and unsatisfying, or why you can end up in quarrels over a chat message where you were misunderstood because you didn’t have the tone of your voice and demeanour help you clarify that your remark was indeed a joke and not an insult.
The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is also true for our bodies. Words can only say so much, and the meaning of them are drastically altered by how they are said, the looks in our eyes, and our posture while saying them.
This weeks mood, inspired by our friend’s at Rag and Bone Man’s Tongue Tied, Silent Dating Event that we wrote about yesterday, pays homage communication beyond words and encourages you to pay attention to the most ancient of all languages; body language.
Above: Dialog, 1977 by Rudolf Bonvie, Maestro by Benoit Courti, Touch, Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, January 1999
Fie, fie upon her!
There’s language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,
Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out
At every joint and motive of her body.
— William Shakespeare