29 Feb - 12 March 2016


This Spring, the artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker stage an intensive residency laboratory in collaboration with TanzQuartierWien, Vienna, Austria. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Werner Moebius, Joerg Piringer, Christine de Smedt and other guests this research residency focuses on gesturing with and towards the experience of vitality within the process of live exploration, putting epistemologies, relational processes and the potentials of embodiment through diagrammatic practice under scrutiny. All are cordially invited to join the process on 11th March, 2016, 17:00 - 20:00 for the Spring Lab Opening at the residency laboratory at TanzQuartierStudios Wien.

12 - 18 March 2016 


The submissions by the winning artists of the Austrian Graphic Art Competition are shown in a group exhibition at Südtiroler Kulturinstitut in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, presenting work by Sylvia Barbolini, Judith Fegerl, Andreas Fogarasi, Nikolaus Gansterer, Veronika Hauer, Wiebke Kapitzky, Moussa Kone, Andrea Lüth, Michail Michailov, Joerg Reissner, Gabriele Sturm, Sebastian Grande, Werner Reiterer, Vinz Schwarzbauer, Günther Selichar.


5 January 2016,


Artist talk and lecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer at Villa Arson, Nice, in France for the researchers of École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts organized by Katrin Stroebl. In the last years Nikolaus Gansterer developed a series of performances called Translectures – an inter-subjective form of notation and a new vocabulary between the lines of drawing, choreography and performance. Within this performance lecture format Gansterer is interested how a thought could be extended along the categories of time, space and movement. At Villa Arson Nikolaus Gansterer presents recent projects as examples of a rigorous development of a specific language for the materialisation of thought processes and a playful way of dealing with the complex levels of speculative knowledge. For Gansterer Translectures are an open performative model where live inscription is fusing live-drawing, staging the unfolding of his on-going research through presentation rather than representation.

31 December 2015


‘Notion of Notation > < Notation of Notion’, an article/artists’ pages produced as a collaboration between Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil has been accepted for inclusion in a forthcoming issue of Performance Research, Vol. 20, Issue 6, ‘On An/Notations’, eds. Scott deLahunta, Kim Vincs and Sarah Whatley. Publication date: 31 December 2015. About the issue: ‘On An/notations’ considers the potential of the surface of the page, alongside other surfaces, including the screen, as sites for engaging with and thinking through performance ideas and processes. An annotation at its simplest level is adding information to information using some kind of mark-up language or tools. This issue will seek to engage projects using a wide range of approaches alongside critical reflection to draw out and make explicit research and insights from within the entanglement of sensing, feeling and thinking that is the body-based practitioner's research field.

December 2015

The brand new Gagarin artist magazine is out now. The issue is entirely dedicated to the publication of especially written and unpublished texts by Christina Iglesias, Shreyas Karle, Peter Buggenhout, Nikolaus Gansterer, Diego Tonus, Olafur Eliasson, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Ben Kinmont. Invited and curated by Wilfried Huet.

7 - 18 December 2015


The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist/performer Nikolaus Gansterer, dancer/choreographer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at TQW- TanzQuartier Studios, Vienna. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors the Winter Lab focuses on the sharing of practice and working methods of an/notations of notion, the vibrant materiality of language and re-verberating voices - inquiring Radical Scores of Attention. On 12 December 2015, 17:00 - 19:00 a public opening of the Lab is scheduled at TQW- TanzQuartier Studios, Vienna. Admission free!

9th December 2015 - 6 February 2016


Nikolaus Gansterer and Monika Grzymala met for the first time in the recent exhibition Drawing Now at Albertina Museum in Vienna and had the idea to join forces for a unique experiment. For their upcoming exhibition Proxemia – The Co-creation of Space at Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch in Rome, Italy the two artists will transform the gallery into an experimental arrangement in order to enter a non-verbal dialogue. Here space is mapped and decoded as social, physical and psychological construction. In order to explore spatiality per se and to co-create new work Galleria Marie Laure Fleisch will transform in a week long process into an extension of the artists’ bodies based on their interpersonal articulation. The outcome of this experimental dialogue sets up a mutual relationscape between the art, gallery space and visitors of exhibition. Read the press release here.

26th - 29th November 2015
The project “Artist Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based-Research“ and Tanzquartier Wien are joining forces to investigate emerging interdisciplinary connections between philosophy and the arts.
Over the course of four days, more than 60 philosophers and artists will come together at Tanzquartier Halle G + Studios to explore whether the arts in connection with philosophy can constitute a laboratory for the future. Nietzsche envisioned a fusion of the resistant forces of both disciplines as a “foreplay of a philosophy of the future” which was to bring about a new, active concept of thinking: an active thinking of the untimely, that is, “acting in a non-present fashion, therefore against time and even on time, in favour [...] of a time to come”. (Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy)
With contributions by Bernadette Anzengruber, Daniel Aschwanden, Paolo de Assis (ME21), Manora Auersperg, Jens Badura, Arno Böhler, Milli Bitterli, Kristof van Boven, Laura Cull, Tess Denman Cleaver, Karlheinz Essl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Volker Gerhardt, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Franz Hautzinger, Richard Heinrich, Agnes Heginger, Hans Hoffer, Saskia Hölbling, Jörg Holkenbrink (Theater der Versammlung Bremen), Marie Jung, Corinna Kirchhoff,  Barbara Kraus, Alice Lagaay, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Anna Mendelssohn, Dieter Mersch, Wolfgang Michael, Wolfgang Mitterer, Graham Parkes, Helen Parkes, Philosophy Unbound, Frans Poelstra, Martin Puchner, Hester Reeve, Robert Schnepf, Michael Schwab (ME21), Peter Stamer, Sublin/mes. Philosophieren von unten, Rainer Totzke, Tanja Traxler, Violetta L. Waibel, Simone Weißenfels, Frank Willens, Martin Wuttke, Diana María Acevedo Zapata, Conny Zenk.

Curated by Arno Böhler and Susanne Valerie Granzer.

12 - 13 November 2015


The conference paper "Choreo-graphic Figures: The Notion >< Notation of Figuring" developed in collaboration by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil as part of their ongoing project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will be presented at the forthcoming conference, How to Do Things with Art, 11 - 13 November 2015, Aarlborg, Denmark. This conference argues that we must account for the intensity of art, otherwise we can only explain part of our aesthetic experience. This argument is found in critics as diverse as Brian Massumi, Charles Altieri, and Sianne Ngai. Philosophers such as Alfred North Whitehead, Henri Bergson, and Steven Shaviro have argued that much of our perception is not cognitive but intuitive; we connect to the world through our senses. The conference is part of a debate on how to understand our sensory perception of art as part of a larger process. Where most aesthetic and cultural research has focused on matters of meaning, signification, and hermeneutics, this conference asks questions of aisthesis, sensation, and feeling. More than representation, more than form, art is production. New materialisms, affect theories, performativity theories, and actor-network-theories have all shown that the artwork is never passive, never inert. Art produces sensations, new modes of being, new knowledges, and new feelings. Not a matter of rejecting earlier findings, we are simply trying to explore the 'other side' of the experience of art. Cognition and feeling are not distinct but articulated together; their relation changes depending on the specific artwork. Key note speakers: Erin Manning, University Research Chair at Concordia University, Canada; Brian Massumi, Professor at Université de Montréal, Canada; Frederik Tygstrup, Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

11 November - 19 December, 2015


The “Call for Proposals” is a common and increasingly widespread practice in the global art and culture world. The invitation process is a component of an exhibition business practice in which budgets become smaller, work more precarious, the market more global, and the competition increasingly intense. It is the expression of a field of competing projects, whose assessment standards are bound to the logic of providing a prospect. On the other hand, the “Call for Proposals” method presents a space of the possible: The invitation focuses its attention on potentially new, not yet established projects. The submitted proposals are ideas for scenarios that have not yet been embedded in reality and actual conditions; they speak of a diverse range of creative approaches. In the form of an experimental exhibition setting, A Proposal to Call investigates both the socio-economic conditions of the “Call for Proposals” process as well as its potentials for artistic and curatorial practices. Opening on the 11th of November at KEX - Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria with contributions by Martin Beck, Madeleine Bernstorff, bioswap, geheimagentur, James Langdon, Steven Rand, Read-in, students of the Academy of Fine Arts and the team of the Kunsthalle Exnergasse and a display by Seth Weiner. Nikolaus Gansterer will do a dialogic live translecture performance on the 13th of Nov 2015 at KEX ao. with Ulrich Broeckling, Giorgia Holz & Claudia Slanar, Suzana Milevska, Klaus Neundlinger. Curated by Vera Lauf and Barbara Mahlknecht.

29 October - 29 November 2015
Opening of the exhibition “Contemporary Code - Artistic Research” presenting 20 selected projects
focussing on the artistic research activities at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The exhibition takes place at the gallery of CityU, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong offering an overview of the progress of the ambitious research program - including the ongoing research project Choreo-graphic Figures - Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker - and illuminates current strategies in the field of artistic research. Curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch, Romana Schuler. Watch the trailer video here.

September / October 2015

The freshly baked issue of FUKT No. 14 The Magazine for Contemporary Drawing edited by Björn Hegardt is out and will be presented at NY Art Book Fair at PS MoMA New York in September 17 to 20, 2015.

With contributions ao. by Inken Reinert, Sissel Fredriksen, Andy Khun, Ulrike Mohr, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Dzama, Louise Despont, Tiffany Chung and many more plus a conversation between Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge (founder of the Drawing Hub Berlin) with Nikolaus Gansterer. Order here!

24 October 2015, 15:00


On The day of the friends of S.M.A.K. in Gent / Belgium Nikolaus Gansterer will activate his installation in a live-drawing-performance at 15:00  within The Bottom Line exhibition. Check out the full dense program of that day starting from 10:00 - 24:00 with lectures, performances, screenings and talks ...

11 October 2015, 16:30


A live Translecture performance Drawing Matters Other Others by Nikolaus Gansterer in the framework of the daylong finissage performance program at Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria.

9 October 2015 - 31 January 2016


The S.M.A.K. in Gent / Belgium presents work by selected international artists as a sample of the current significance of drawing in contemporary art. Drawing is one of the first things a child does. Drawing is a virtuoso discipline. Drawing can be used for preliminary study. Drawing can be quick, slow, controlled, expressive, sketchy, hermetic, illuminating, direct, technical, observational, fantastical, open, intimate, detached and so many other things. ‘The Bottom Line’ shows various aspects of drawing as a form of contemporary art: from abstract to figurative, from small format to large, from rapid sketches to slow, large-scale projects and from drawing as film to drawing as performance. Its range of content stretches from personal diary to politically significant, from self-portrait to social group portrait. Some drawings will be done specially for this exhibition. A few of the artists will do them in situ. Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to develop an installation - which will be activated in a live-performance on 24th of October 2015, 15:00 - for the exhibition. The participating artists are Adel Abdessemed, Tomma Abts, Francis Alÿs, Kai Althoff, William Anastasi, Anna Barriball, Marc Bauer, Thomas Bogaert, Monica Bonvicini, Michaël Borremans, Andrea Bowers, Manon de Boer, Thierry De Cordier, Edith Dekyndt, Johan De Wilde, Tacita Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Galiazzo, Nikolaus Gansterer, Julian Göthe, Roni Horn, Henri Jacobs, Mark Lombardi, Nick Mauss, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Lucy McKenzie, Julie Mehretu, Matt Mullican, Marc Nagtzaam, Jockum Nordström, Henrik Olesen, Gabriel Orozco, Raymond Pettibon, Chloe Piene, Carol Rama, Robin Rhode, Salam Atta Sabri, Thomas Schütte, Mithu Sen, Jim Shaw, Paul Sietsema, Alexandre Singh, Bart Stolle, Elly Strik, Ante Timmermans, Rosemarie Trockel, Ignacio Uriarte, Erik Van Lieshout, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Jorinde Voigt and Kemang Wa Lehulere. Curated by Martin Germann.

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