Live Art Performance EMOTICON by Tom Estes for Communication Futures at The Old Royal Naval College during DRHA 2014. Monday September 1st

You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to explain some important historical connection, drawing up a grand theory of art or science or human progress, and there it is, as if by reflex: the hand lifts in front of them like an upturned claw, the fingers slowly turning an invisible dial. That’s “The Dialectic,” one of the hand gestures you’ll need to master to become a genuine thought leader.

As much as 90% of human communication is done without words. Gestures, facial expressions, and posture provide information about a person's emotions and relationships with others. People often hold their hands near their faces as a gesture in natural conversation. 

Built between 1696 and 1712 ORNC is Wren's twin-domed Baroque riverside masterpiece and the architectural centrepiece of a World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Described by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as being of "outstanding universal value" it is reckoned to be the "finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles"

The ORNC site is the home of The Prime Meridian and the home of world time. It also includes The Royal Observatory, commissioned in 1675 by King Charles as the first purpose-built scientific research facility in Britain. Today the buildings include a museum of astronomical and navigational tools.