This is a complex bit of Futurism that reminds me of C. Hummels’ work on gestures (and Diderot). It builds on Bergson’s concept of intuition as an essential part of creativity. Boccioni transformed the ‘Simple Act’ into ‘Intuitive Gesture’. I think CH was taken by the expressive power of gestures, almost trying to side-step semiotic function, instead going directly to perceived expression (by what means, I am left to wander).

Boccioni, Dynamism of a Cyclist 1913 o/c

I guess that this sort of thing led to ‘action painting‘ aka ‘gesture painting’, see the example below by Willem de Kooning. Attention is drawn to the act of painting itself. The action, or gesture, carries the expressive potential of the artist? It seems a bit arrogant. Here I am, admire my every act…

Silly thing: if you google for ‘intuitive gesture‘ you get only technical stuff about how some geek built a new breakthrough interface that works with ‘Intuitive Gestures’ (I’ll take Quek’s word for it: it is a myth). But this just means that people who know a lot about computers think that dumb users would be better off trying to ‘gesture intuitively’ at their computers, rather than using them like they do themselves.

ref: Tisdall, Futurism, p70