9 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 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 in situ live performance for the exhibition. The participating artists include ao. Tomma Abts, Adel Abdessemed, Michaël Borremans, Thierry De Cordier, Tacita Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Julian Göthe, Mark Manders, Lucy McKenzie, Jockum Nordström, Carol Rama, Robin Rhode, Jim Shaw, Elly Strik, Ante Timmermans, Rosemarie Trockel, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra and Jorinde Voigt.


19 September 2015


Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to develop a new perfomance and installation for the MuCEM - Marseille in France opening on the 19th of September 2015. Based on the materials collected during a short residency at MuCEM Nikolaus Gansterer distilled his experiences into detailed subjective body-mind maps, which are notations of a psychoreographic mindscape blurring the boundaries between ego- and geography. Gansterer’s intricate multi-dimensional diagrams – consisting of objects, words, floor- and wall drawings will be transformed and activated into a Translecture performance taking place on 19th of September at Mucem in the framework of Resonance Festival and will stay on display as performative installation. Curated by Samar Khedy.


1 - 30 Sept 2015


Nikolaus Ganster is artist/researcher in residence at The Lateral Line Organ project curated by Gerald Straub in the framework of the ongoing  World EXPO 2015 in Milano, Italy. Artists Ralo Mayer, Aldo Giannotti, Tatort (Alexandra Berlinger + Wolfgang Fiel), Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen and Helmut Weber) and Nikolaus Gansterer were invited to reflect critically on the conditions, the history and the social implications of this economic mega event. Details on interventions, guided tours and artist talks taking place during the monthly work periods will be announced soon.


13 July - 14 August 2015


The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist/performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at the AILab - Innovation Laboratory, Vienna. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Christine de Smedt, Werner Moebius, Joerg Piringer and other guests Method Lab II 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. More to be announced soon!


26 June - 2 July 2015


Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to develop a new perfomance /installation for the MuCEM - Marseille in France opening on the 19th of September 2015. In order to collect material and understand the dynamics of the space Gansterer will be on a research residency at Marseille. Together with choreographer Lilia Mestre he will explore the urban public space by further developing dérive-techniques and tactics of drifting initiated by the Situationists of orientating and non/sense-making with all senses. By mainly walking the city the artist manoeuvres himself into unforeseen situations and constellations thus becoming aware of elementary forces and striving but constitutive movements within the urban fabric.

Stirring from these encounters and experiences his findings will be distilled into detailed subjective body-mind maps, which are notations of a psychoreographic mindscape blurring the boundaries between ego- and geography. Gansterer’s intricate multi-dimensional diagrams – consisting of objects, words, floor- and wall drawings will be transformed and activated into a Translecture performance taking place on 19th of September at Mucem and will stay on display as performtive installation. Curated by Samar Khedy.


24 June - 12 July 2015
This project is presenting drawings from artists, scientists and other professionals for an interdisciplinary research project investigating the role of visual thinking and the role of visualizations in cognitive and creative processes at BAK - Basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Selected Contributions: Pieter Adriaans, Gemma Anderson, Jack Bangerter, Koštana Banović, Andrew Barber, Peter Baren, Sara Berman, Maura Biava, Paul Buchanan, Natalia Calderon, Alexander Costello, Penny Demertzi, Claire Dorsett, Ronit Eden, Stephen Farthing, Emma Febvre-Richard, Helen Frik, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mikel van Gelderen, Lotte van Geijn, Maximilian Goldfarb, Niels Goos, Klaas van Gorkum, David Griffin, Geoffrey Harrison, Jutta Herden, Helena Hernandez, Edward Hillel, Hiroomi Horiuchi, Anna Ioannidi, Eun-Hyung Kim, Jae-Kyung Kim, Yoonhee Kim, Andreas Kopp, Nestor Kovachev, Nektarin Lampitsi, Elvira Mambetisaeva, Tracy MacKenna, Valle Medina, Alan Montgomery, Elena Nemkova, Emanuele Ortoleva, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Dusko Pavlovic, Alejandro Ramirez, Joke Robaard, Aubrecht Ruben, Mark Rutkoski, Kristin Sigurdardottir, Floris Solleveld, Marina Stavrou, Ivan Suletic, Marianne Theunissen, David Thomas, Nathan Thompson, Raul Valverde, Hector Alejandro Vargas Salazar, Vitalist Cuisine, Ivana Wingham, Tessa Whitehead and Erin Woodbrey. Keynote contributions by  Wil Alsop, Jim Anderson, Bernard Burgoyne, John Hilliard, Vincent Icke, Bruce McLean and Rick van der Ploeg.
Accompanied by the symposium “Drawing Conclusions” with contributions by Klaas Hoek (Moderator), Mel Gooding (Keynote), Deanna Petherbridge, Christel Vesters, Vincent Icke, Joke Robaard, Ansuya Blom, Falke Pisano, Kitty Zijlmans and Natasha Ginwala. Organized by Klaas Hoek.


20 + 21 June 2015
Two open air sound performances with The Vegetable Orchestra live at Musikfestspiele Sonsoucci in Potsdam, Germany.


3 June 2015 19:00


A live Translecture performance Drawing Matters Other Others by Nikolaus Gansterer at Albertina Museum - after a guided tour by Drawing Now curator Elsy Lahner starting at 17:30.

28 May - 11 October 2015


The “Drawing Now” exhibition will first open at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, providing an up-to-date survey of drawing, painting and illustration in contemporary art. It showcases the viewpoints of around 45 international artists who collectively represent contemporary drawing and who, individually, are taking it in a direction of their own. “Drawing Now” sheds light on the diversity of issues that artists articulate with the aid of drawing, and shows drawing in its exciting dimensions and manifestations.

Participating artists: Tomma Abts, Silvia Bächli, Anna Barriball, Marc Bauer, Michaël Borremans, Andrea Bowers, Olga Chernysheva, Amy Cutler, Tacita Dean, Sonja Gangl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Monika Grzymala, Toba Khedoori, Los Carpinteros, Constantin Luser, Lotte Lyon, Julie Mehretu, Aleksandra Mir, Muntean/Rosenblum, Paul Noble, Jockum Nordström, Micha Payer und Martin Gabriel, Fritz Panzer, Dan Perjovschi, Chloe Piene, Robin Rhode, Mithu Sen, David Shrigley, Paul Sietsema, Tatiana Trouvé, Ignacio Uriarte, Marcel Van Eeden, Erik Van Lieshout, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Jorinde Voigt.

22 May - 22 June 2015


Nikolaus Gansterer was selected to participate at the 12th Havana Biennial in Cuba. The Biennial does not have a central core exhibition in Havana but takes place at various ranges of the urban fabric: universities, research centers and public spaces that makes possible the integration of art and can be used as site and as work material. The curatorial concept “Between the idea and the experience” aspires to settle in the interstices of the city to facilitate work. In order to develop the work Nikolaus Gansterer went on a 3 week research journey to Cuba in January/February 2015.

The project „The Eden Experiment II (The Habana Habitat)“, presented by Nikolaus Gansterer is a re-installation according to experiments researching on the influence of music on the growth of plants critically questioning how life forms are differently developing in divergent milieus / systems. In an intricate test arrangement the public experiment is started to manipulate the growth of plants only by means of sonic irrigation. Two identical model organisms of the species Nicotiana tabacum (Tabac) are confronted with classical music and Cuban Black Metal music. “The Eden Experiment II” confronts us with an equivocal system of theories about the basic influence on living organism and ironically addresses omnipresent anthropocentric strategies of manipulation and technologies of reproduction in the tension field of art, nature and society. The work is part of a series of projects by the artist scrutinizing the interdependency between living and non-living matter. The Eden Experiment can be visited daily at the Biennial headquarter Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre, (room 50), San Ignacio 22, esquina a Empedrado, Plaza de la Catedral, 
Havana, Cuba.

Participants: Aman Mojadidi, Zolaykha Sherzad, Jeanno Gaussi, Anri Sala, Carsten Nicolai, Gregor Schneider, Tino Sehgal, Mohamed Bourouissa, Eduardo Tomas Basualdo y Sofía Bothlingk, Dolores Cáceres, Joaquín Fargas, Adrián Villar Rojas, Leonello Zambon, Nelson González, Nikolaus Gansterer, Johann Lurf, Axel Stockburger, Ewan Atkinson, Koen Vanmechelen, Peter De Cupere, Naziha Mestaoui, Stéphane Gilot , AVAV, Audiovisual ao Vivo, Louise Ganz, Eduardo Kac, Leandro Nerefuh, César Oiticica Filho, Opavivará !, Regina Silveira, 2boys.tv, Octavo Plástico, Nicolás Paris, Manuel Santana, Jean Mukendi Katambayi, Han Sungpil, Glenda León, Habana generación y Esterio Segura, Lázaro Saavedra,, Candelario, Josuhe Pagliery, Reinier Nande, Yornel Martínez, 3stado Sólido, Rafael Villares, Felipe Dulzaides, Elizabet Cerviño, Luis Enrique López Chávez, Jorge Luis Marrero, Mauricio Abad, Nestor Siré, Humberto Díaz, José Eduardo Yaque, Omar Estrada, Rodolfo Peraza, Yornel Martínez, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti, Fidel García, Nelda Castillo y El Ciervo Encantado, Vilma Bartolomé y Espacio Creativo, Renán Rodríguez, Meira & Toirac, Levi Orta, David Bade – Tirzo Martha  Francisca Benítez, Pablo Brugnoli y publicación Spam City, CRAC. Colectivo artístico, Guisela Munita, Alicia Villarreal  , Andrés Tapia Urzua , Lin Yilin, Cuqui Jerez, Maria Jerez, Esperanza Collado, LA RIBOT, Joseph Kosuth, Seamus Farrell, Daniel Buren, Didier Faustino, Mohamed Bourouissa, Henri Tauliaut, Sandra Monterroso, Nikhil Chopra, Anish Kapoor, Shilpa Gupta, Eugenio Tibaldi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ebony G. Patterson, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Steeve Bauras, Carlos Amorales, Sandra Calvo, Gilberto Esparza, Demián Flores y La Curtiduría, Héctor Zamora, Dr. Lakra, Fredman Barahona, Emeka Ogboh, Victor Ekpuk, Marte Johnslien, Ignas Krunglevicius, Pikene PA Bröen, Antonio Jose Guzmán, Verónica Wiese, Jose Carlos Martinat, César Cornejo, Chemi Rosado, Raúl Tamayo Morilla, Serigne Mbaye Camara, Momar Seck, Mary Sibande, James Webb, Bridget Baker, Robin Rhode, Lang&Baumann, Alonso + Craciun, Tamara Cubas, Guillermo Zabaleta, Colectivo Pico Estudio, Juvenal Ravelo


13 May - 13 June 2015

"IMMUTABLE MOBILES – Kunst unter dem diagrammatischen Imperativ"

Bruno Latour introduced the notion of the immutable mobile in order to highlight and discuss the often overlooked, but yet central role of image production in the field of science. Diagrams, technical drawings as well as lists have the capability to affect beyond the realm of language-based arguments, which has historically led to paradigm shifts in the history of science.The groupp exhibition Immutable Mobiles engages with these types of image production in the field of Fine Art. Since Marcel Duchamps interest in diagrams and technical drawings, deployed in conjunction with his development of “beauty of precision”, that conceptually enabled him to represent complex processes and relationships, artists have increasingly worked with these specific forms of representation. Whether they critically employ the formal banality of statistical representations or develop their own universes of modeling, the relationship between images and their role in scientific discourses becomes even more important when it emerges as evidence in contemporary media. Immutable Mobiles presents different artistic approaches and strategies focusing on representational conventions from the world of science.
Opening at Memphis art/project space, Linz, Austria on the 12 May 2015 at 19:00 pm. With work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Claude Closky, Isabella Kohlhuber, Brishty Alam. Curated by Axel Stockburger.


1 + 2 May 2015

The Peek project Artist Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based Research? discusses Nietzsche’s figure of the artist-philosopher with a series of lectures, work sketches and contributions by Arno Boehler, Kristof van Boven, Laura Cull, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Franz Hautzinger, Hans Hoffer, Joerg Holkenbrink, Marie Jung, Alice Lagaay, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Wolfgang Mitterer, Graham Parkes, Helen Parkes, Elisabeth Schäfer, Theater der Versammlung Bremen. Invited Guests: Daniel Aschwanden, Manora Auersperg, Ferdinand Auhser, Milli Bitterli, Ivana Covic, Alexander Damianisch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Julia Garstenauer, Saskia Hölbling, Sabina Holzer, Esther Hutfless, Kilian Jörg, Peter Kaiser, Barbara Kraus, Krassimira Kruschkova, Eckardt Lindner, Veronika Maurer, Anna Mendelssohn, Frans Poelstra, Hester Reeve, Peter Stamer, Tanja Traxler, Dörte Weig, Heidi Wilm. Curated by Arno Böhler and Susanne Granzer. At TQW - Tanzquartier Studios Vienna,  Austria.


21 April 2015, 18:00 - 22:00


Public studio visit and conversation with curator Maria Christine Holter at Prater Bildhauerateliers, Studio 19, Nikolaus Gansterer, Meiereistrasse 3, 1020 Vienna. Please reserve via email.


17 April 2015, 18:00


in the framework of the dialogue series "Zungen künstlerischer Forschung / Tongues of Artistic Research" artist/performer Nikolaus Gansterer and theoretician/philosopher Karin Harrasser will discuss which role cultural techniques of notation and inscription do play as underlying instruments of all artistic and scientific practices at Tanzquartier Studios Wien. Free admission!


18 - 22 March 2015, 11:00 - 19:00

"ARE YOU ALIVE OR NOT? Looking at ART through the lens of THEATRE"

A festival by Uncut Rietveld with performances, lectures and an exhibition at art centre Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands guest curated by Claire Tancons (New Orleans), David Weber-Krebs (Brussels), Joanna Warsza (Berlin) and Claire Bishop (New York).

Friday 20th of March 2015 runs under the title On Enclosed Spaces and Great Outdoors which was curated by David Weber-Krebs with following objective: Usually people who step into a theatre are of two kinds: the spectators and the actors. The spectators watch the actors. Both usually are humans. This happens usually in the enclosed space of theatre. In its symbolics, its economy and its practice, theatre is the place where the human stands central with his body and his words. But what kind of spectatorship applies when challenged by an encounter with a thing, a creature, a flow, fiction, darkness? Is it at all possible to abandon anthropocentrism in this game? During this day we are going to focus on the non-human in theatre and outside of it, on stages, on screens and in the great outdoors.The spectators will be addressed and moved in different ways by performances in and outside the theatre, by lectures and by a cosmic event. Nikolaus Gansterer will perform a series of Translectures in relation to work presented that day by André Lepecki, Mette Ingvartsen, Jeroen Peeters, Maximilian Haas, David Weber-Krebs, André Eiermann, Andrea Bozic at Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.

9 March 2015, 19:00


Artist talk and lecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer at Aapentforum at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, in Norway organized by the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.  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 special performance lecture format Gansterer is interested – often in collaboration with others – how a thought could be extended along the categories of time, space and movement. At Aapentforum Nikolaus Gansterer presents his time-based fragile drawings and models as 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.

23 - 28 February 2015


A public workshop and live investigation of the current research project Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations fom the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker exploring the performative character of notation by practicing kinetic as well as graphic modes of inscription, expanded tactics beyond apparent physical limitations (of the mind, the hand, pencil and paper), attending to the integration of time, sound, movement and narration at a.pass – Centre for advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels. Part of the work block "Conditions for the Emergence of Poetics" initiated by Lilia Mestre.

16 + 17 January 2015

The Peek project Artist Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based Research? discusses Nietzsche’s figure of the artist-philosopher with a series of lectures, work sketches and contributions by Paulo de Assis, Jens Badura, Milli Bitterli, Arno Böhler, Laura Cull, Karlheinz Essl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Saskia Hölbling, Corinna Kirchhoff, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alice Lagaay, Anna Mendelssohn, Dieter Mersch, Wolfgang Michael, Wolfgang Mitterer, Helen Parkes, Hester Reeve, Elisabeth Schäfer, Michael Schwab, Martin Wuttke among others. On 17th of January at 17:00 Corinna Kirchhoff, Martin Wuttke, Nikolaus Gansterer and Hester Reeve will do a live performance lecture. Curated by Arno Böhler. Free of admission at TQW - Tanzquartier Studios Vienna,  Austria.

4 December 2014, 17:30

Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present recent findings of their ongoing artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line in the framework of the AP Talk series at the AIL, Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, Vienna, Austria.

28 November 2014, 19:00

In the context of "SCORES N°9: no/things" Nikolaus Gansterer will present his performance lecture "Thinking Matters Other Others" at Tanzquartier Wien on the everyday object table, which Gansterer transforms into a kind of sign lab and micro-stage. From 26th - 29th of November SCORES N°9 takes an expanded view on choreography – as a spatial experiment also beyond the body, extended to things, materials, artefacts, to the autonomy of the non-human. How can one extend the choreographic vocabulary with a parcours through the things that surround us and look at us? How can one conceive of dance also without dancers’ bodies or how does the human body second the body of things – and which is secondary and which is primary?  Scores No. 9 takes on the challenge of working on a de-centralisation and of rethinking things. By explicitly setting the world of things in motion, and in particular the theatre machinery, questioning embodiments, exposing the apparatus, it focuses the synaesthetic mediality of the choreographic, its fundamental intermedia quality and thereby the transdisciplinary significance of choreography as a contemporary artform. The interferences of living/non-living, subject/object, active/passive, primary/secondary, digital/analogue, nature/culture, chaos/order, matter/discourse, effect/affect, performance/stage work, production/execution, presentation/exhibition will be explored. With contributions by ao. Boyan Manche, Daniel Aschwanden & Conny Zenk, Mette Ingvartsen, Gabriele Jutz, Nikolaus Gansterer, Lisa Hinterreithner & Jack Hauser, Micha Purucker, Roland Rauschmeier, Marie-Luise Angerer, Clément Layes. Curated by Walter Heun, Krassimira Kruschkova, Gabrielle Cram and the team of TQW. Please download detailed programme folder here!


22 November 2014

In the framework of the Vienna Art Week selected artists will open their studios to an interested public. Please knock my studio door at the Prater Bildhauerateliers, Meiereistrasse 3, 1020 Vienna, Austria.

17 November 2014, 18:00


Festive opening of a new site specific permanent wall drawing done by Nikolaus Gansterer at the premises of the WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) by Dr. Michael Stampfer in the framework of the Vienna Art Week.

13 November 2014 - 19 February 2015

Brigitte Kowanz, artist and head of the Institute for Transmedia Arts Vienna has invited her team Eva Chytilek, Nikolaus Gansterer, Peter Kozek, Krüger&Pardeller, Alexander Martinz, Wolfgang Obermair, Niki Passath, Franz Schubert and Anna Zwingl to develop a process-orientated exhibition format at the ACF Istanbul, Turkey parallel to the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair in November. With an introduction by art historian Eva Maria Stadler and a set of live performances by Nikolaus Gansterer, kozekhoerlonski, Niki Passath and Alexander Martinz at the opening on Thursday 13th November 19:00 and as well on Saturday 15th of November 2014. Please download programme here!

6 + 7 November 2014


Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will share and stage findings from their ongoing research project in form a performance lecture at the forthcoming SARN interdisciplinary artistic research Un-Conference at HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, organized by the Swiss Artistic Research Network &  HEAD Geneva, ECAV Sierre. Please find the detailed programme here.


3 November 2014


On the 3 November festive inauguration by director Danielle Spera, curator Werner Hanak and Karen Frostig (The Vienna Project) of the permanent installation of the Memory Map by Nikolaus Gansterer at the Jewish Museum, Vienna. Please download detailed programme here.


30 - 31 October, 2014


A Conference by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Society for Artistic Research at the AILab, Vienna, Austria.

Artistic practice lies at the very heart of society. The aim of this event is to investigate the implications of this via the operations in the field of artistic research. Operation on the Open Heart brings together international artistic researchers and colleagues exploring how artistic practice advances society through insightd riven educational activities. Colleagues from different artistic practices will report on their individual and collaborative work settings - their settings of production. Practice often differs from perception; what are the consequences of closely linking artistic practice? What of Alfredo Jaar’s claim that "99% of Artistic Practice is Research?" With Nikolaus Gansterer, Baerbel Mueller, Hans Schabus, Mette Ingvartsen Carmen Brucic, Christina Lammer, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Anna Moreno, Barbara Putz-Plecko. With an introduction by Gerald Bast and Gerhard Eckel. Please find the detailed programme here.


20 October - 13 November 2014


Opening of the new art platform AIL (Angewandte Innovation Lab) with the inaugural exhibition "Corellation" curated by Brigitte Felderer and Eva Maria Stadler. The exhibition “Correlation” represents a context in which correlation stands for the potential that is underlying connection and attachment of the various forms of knowledge, mediality and materializations. Works by Henning Bohl, Ernst Caramelle, Nikolaus Gansterer, Brigitte Kowanz, Dorit Margreiter/Anette Baldauf, Oswald Oberhuber, Niki Passath, Johannes Porsch ft. Tanja Widmann, Lukas Posch, Florian Pumhösl, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Constanze Schweiger, Peter Weibel, Anna Zwingl.


18 October 2014, 19:30 - 24:00


Closing ceremony of the Vienna Project at the Austrian National Library with readings, performances and live projections. Contributions by Karen Frostig, Oskar Deutsch, Oliver Rathkolb, Rubina Möhring, Johanna Rachinger, Gerald Bast, Dieter Flury, Matthias Schorn, Doron Rabinovici, Nikolaus Gansterer, Daniel Niemand, Stefan Arztmann, Elisabeth Wildling, Jerome Segal, Georg Traska, Kabren Levinson, Ildiko Meny, Alexander Matthias Kosnopfl, Waltraud Jungwirth, Johanna Taufner, Kate Melchior, Christian Wind, Peter Mlczoch, ao. Installation and presentation of the Memory Map by Nikolaus Gansterer.


10 & 11 October, 2014
How to collaborate? is a specific format of five dialogues on diversities, challenges, theories and practices of collaboration each entertained between two researchers who meet up for the first time at the International Research Center Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin. The dialogues will be recorded, transcribed and edited to enter a book on the subject on collaboration published in 2015.
With: Maria Lind and Lisa Robertson, Bojana Cvejic and Margarita Tsomou, Manfred Füllsack and Klaus Mainzer, Igor Dobricic and Peter Pleyer, Nicolas Galeazzi and Nikolaus Gansterer and invited guests ao. Chris Standfest, Bettina Vismann, Siegmar Zacharias, Alice Chauchat, Diego Agullo, Ash Bulayev and IRC fellows Sruti Bala, Narges Hashempour, Kuan-wu Lin, Chetana Nagavajara, Nanako Nakajima, Femi Osofisan, David Savran, Azadeh Sharifi, Stephen Wilmer. Curated by Silke Bake and Peter Stamer.


1 October 2014 - 9 January 2015


A group exhibition with echoes and reflections in contemporary art on the influential oevre of the philosopher and designer Otto Neurath at the ACF London. Participating artists: Anthony Burrill, Bernhard Cella, Ilse Chlan, Hazem El Mestikawy, Nikolaus Gansterer, Wilfried Gerstel, Christoph Hinterhuber, Christian Hutzinger, Martin Kaltenbrunner, KarlHeinz Klopf, Matthias Klos, Clemens Kogler, Karo Szmit, Richard Kriesche, Gert Linke, open3, Bernd Oppl, Olaf Osten, Hermann Painitz, Waltraud Palme, Andrea Ressi, Christian Rupp, Sito Schwarzenberger, Niko Wahl, Michael Wegerer, Peter Weibel, Jun Yang. Curated by Maria Christine Holter and Christopher Burke.


23 - 27 September 2014


Nikolaus Gansterer will be presenting a performance-lecture (with Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil) based on the ongoing research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, as part of the Body Diagrams: On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture conference, a symposium on body semiotics at the 14th international Congress of the German Society of Semiotics 2014 “Verstehen und Verständigung” [Comprehension and understanding] at the University of Tübingen, Germany.


13 September – 19 September 2014:


Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker reflect on Method Lab processes and expanded practices developed in the creative research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line. This work intensive at Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme stays permeable for discursive, methodic and epistemological practice while focused on the continuation of a line of thought started during Method Lab I.


14 July - 11 August 2014


The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer Mariella Greil and art-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at the Impulstanz Festival Vienna. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre and Christine de Smedt(tbc) and other guests Method Lab I focuses on the sharing of practice and working methods between the key researchers, in order that set disciplinary ways of operating might gradually become undisciplined, unlearnt, undone, reversed or upturned by experimenting ‘between the lines’ of drawing, choreography, and writing. What if line becomes movement or sound; what if language is danced; what if words are drawn rather than written?

All are cordially invited to join on 5 August 2014, 15:00 - 19:00 for the Method Lab Opening at the residency laboratory: Probebühne des Schauspielhauses, Rechte Wienzeile 73 (backyard), 1050 Vienna, Austria.

Schedule: 15.00 > The Method Lab will be open to the public, and the key researchers available to informally discuss their project, Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line. 16.00 > A Live Exploration
Processes and approaches developed during the Method Lab will be presented through a Live Exploration in order to make visible various intensities of the research process through the re-visitation of key moments of shared enquiry. The Live Exploration will be followed by an opportunity for discussion around the issues and questions emerging within the Method Lab.18.00 > The Method Lab will remain open to the public, with refreshments provided.


5 July 2014, 19:57


A TransLecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer in the framework of the symposium & exhibition "Revolving Stars and Shaky Grounds" on the notion of uncertain knowledges and contingencies in dialogue with Paul Feigelfeld, Elie Ayache, Marian Kaiser, Daniel Barber, Wolfgang Hagen live at Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany. Organised by the interdisciplinary research network F-A-S-T

25 June - 2 August 2014


This exhibition is not about the history of science. It departs from a simple but complex question that is raised by a genealogical investigation into the particular history of science by a philosopher of science, Hasok Chang, in Inventing Temperature. What is temperature? And how can we measure it accurately? In his deconstructive investigation, Chang makes a simple but definitive move from asking how to measure temperature to questioning how the very notion of measuring temperature was invented in the age of reason. By sharing Changs strategic move, this exhibition invites ten contemporary artists whose practices have questioned the ground on which a specific notion of knowledge has been sustained. In unravelling the complex web of relations that has governed the modern system of knowledge production, these artists call the notion of science as truth-keeper into question in order to open up new possibilities for understanding the world. Moreover, this exhibition aims to expand the question of temperature and go beyond the discipline of the philosophy of science. To have a temperature is one of the most concrete signs of a living being. Therefore, rethinking temperature is to rethink the very conditions of all those living by going beyond anthropocentric perspective of the world. With artistic contributions by Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with Emma Cocker, Lucy Powell, Kyung Roh Bannwart, Seung Jun Lee, Hyerin Oh, Chosil Kil, Jooyeon Park, Hwayeon Nam, Suhee Kim. Curated by Jeyun Moon at the KCC London / UK.


19 + 22 June 2014

Two sound performances with The Vegetable Orchestra at the ViertelFestival, Drosendorf, in Austria and at the Jardins Fruitiers de Laquenexy, Metz, in France.

20 - 22 May 2014
Artista Como consists of public presentations at Pivo Gallery space in Sao Paulo, Brasil, promoting discussion on contemporary art practices that develop through theoretical, performative and relational experiments. The project brings together artists who use different discursive methods (lecture, roundtable, commentary and concert) as ways to expand the artistic activity. With contributions by Leandro Nerefuh, Gaeoudij Parl, Ana Laura Lopez, Raimond Chaves, Keroøàcidu Suäväk, Nikolaus Gansterer, Ricardo Basbaum, Rafael Rg & Livia Piccolo, Pedro Marighella, Fabi Borges, Jorge Menna Barreto, Cristiano Lenhardt, Caetano Carvalho, Beto Shwafaty, Daniela Castro. Organized by Metropole Projetos.

12 May - 31 May 2014


Presentation of selected new video work of Nikolaus Gansterer at the Online Gallery of The Drawing Center New York. Please have a look!

10 May 2014, 16:00 - 02:00


A dense program of performances, lectures, screenings and concerts discussing new formats of performance art at MUMOK - Hofstallung, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria with contributions by Marina Abramovic, bad weather report, Nikolaus Gansterer & Emma Cocker, Sabina Holzer & Jack Hauser, Kozek-Hörlonski & Sir Meisi, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alfred Lenz, Martina Menegon & Stefano D’Alessio, Peter Regner, Barbis Ruder, Anna Vasof, Brigitte Wilfing. Organized by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and curated by Peter Kozek and Brigitte Wilfing. Please find the detailed program folder here.

20 April - 1 May 2014

"TRACES OF SPACES" – Research trip to Iceland visiting artist Simona Koch at Skatfell - Center For Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður.

11 - 18 April 2014

"Beyond the Line" is an international, interdisciplinary collaboration involving artist-writer Emma Cocker, artist Nikolaus Gansterer and choreographer Mariella Greil, for exploring the points of slippage as the practices of drawing, dance and writing enter into dialogue, overlap and collide. After a first intensive work block at the TTP spaces / WUK, in Vienna in December 2013 Cocker, Gansterer and Greil will inhabit the Bonington Gallery, in Nottingham / UK as an experimental ‘method laboratory’ for staging an encounter between choreography, drawing and writing; between body, mark and text.


6 April 2014, 18:00


Sound performance with The Vegetable Orchestra live at the Festival Printemps des Arts, at Salle Garnier, in Monaco.


26 March - 30 March 2014

Presentation of work by Nikolaus Gansterer amongst others represented by Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch at Drawing Now - Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Paris, France.


26 March - 29 March 2014


Following Alfred N. Whitehead and Robert Musil the act of speculation can be conceived as an act of throwing a fishing line: The one who speculates envisages, projects a target and connects the act of imagining with an operation. It is an embodied sequence of estimation that is enacted by throwing the line. During the three day event we want to concentrate on the lure/the bait of this operation. We will shift our attention from the however daring, humble, risky act of speculation to something that has a complicated choreography and feedback-logic: the lure that is meant to attract the target.

A dense artistic-theoretical parcours on the choreographies of the speculative at Tanzquartier Wien with contributions amongst others by Nika Arhar, BADco, Paula Caspão, Katja Cicigoj, Bojana Cvejic, Vinciane Despret, Begüm Erciyas, Marino Formenti, Nikolaus Gansterer, Maximilian Haas, Michael Halewood, Karin Harrasser, Janez Janša, Aino Korvensyrjä, Bernd Kräftner, Tomislav Medak, Anna Mendelssohn, Sibylle Peters, Nikolina Pristaš, Saška Rakev, Martina Ruhsam, Sarah Sander, Katrin Solhdju, Zrinka Užbinec, David Weber-Krebs, Jasmina Založnik. Nikolaus Gansterer will perform on Saturday 29th of March, 12:00 - 20:30 at TQW/Halle G at Vier Dialoge mit Lockvögeln. Curated by Sandra Noeth, Karin Harasser and Alexander Martos.

24 March – 4 May 2014


A group exhibition showcasing art work where the artistic process of development becomes a crucial element of the piece itself will open on Sunday 23rd of March 2014. With Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with violonist Annelie Gahl, Laura McLardy, Antonio Pauca, Madeline Stillwell at Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany. Curated by Kordula Fritze-Srbic.


17 + 18 March 2014, 17:30


Two performances in public space (along Favoritenstrasse in Vienna) on the topic of a basic income ("Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen") initiated by Sabina Holzer in collaboration with Mariella Greil and a choreo-graphic translation by Nikolaus Gansterer in the frame work of the dance festival Imagetanz, Vienna. Curated by Katalin Erdödi.

Basic Income Dance (Grundeinkommenstanz) is dedicated to a resource-oriented, sustainable redistribution of income and wealth. Everybody is welcome to contribute with gestures, ideas or thoughts. It is not a political demonstration, but rather a festive assembly that pleads for and celebrates open spaces, interpersonal relationships and a new progressive system of values. It questions what radical changes introducing basic income would entail for the society. In preparation of the performances 3 workshops/meetings, are organized where questions and visions about unconditional basic income will be discussed.

Please download the basic income map/score here!


10 March - 14 March 2014


Scores are translations. They transform one thought into another. They are also invitations to understand and interpret one reality through another. In a five day public workshop at a.pass (Center for advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels, Belgium Nikolaus Gansterer will collaboratively explore with the participants the complex relationship between drawing, writing and movement. Invited by Lilia Mestre.

7 March – 4 May 2014
The internationally traveling exhibition on the notion of drawing will open at the Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, in Austria on the 7th of March presenting works by Agostino Arrivabene, Lucie Beppler, Geoff Chadsey, Andrea Fogli, Nikolaus Gansterer, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Waqas Khan, Franz Mölk, Danica Phelps, Christian Schwarzwald, Paul Thuile, Sandra Vasquez dela Horra, Maya Zack, Michael Ziegler, Ralf Ziervogel. Curated by Peter Weiermair.


28 February – 19 March 2014

"THE ART OF BOMBING – New performative drawing"

On Friday, 28 February, 19h opening of the exhibition The Art of Bombing – New performative drawing at P74 Gallery, in Ljubljana Slovenia with works by Nikolaus Gansterer and Emma Cocker, Anja Jelovšek, Darinka Pop-Mitič and Veli&Amos. Curated by Tadej Pogačar.


23 January - 27  January 2014


Presentation of work by Nikolaus Gansterer and Donato Piccolo represented by Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch at Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy.


18 + 19 January 2014

I will participate in two sound performances of The Vegetable Orchestra live at the Auditorium Jean Moulin, in Le Thor and at Le Florida, in Agen, France. Check out the complete tour list here.


18 January – 15 February 2014


The exhibition showcasing new drawings, installations and animations by Katja Davar and Nikolaus Gansterer will be opening on Friday 17th of January 2014 at KunstWerk Koeln, Cologne, in Germany. Curated by Astrid Wege and Ilka Becker.


10 January 2014


Anette Baldauf and Nikolaus Gansterer will give a talk and workshop at the PhD program for artisc research at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Invited by Andre Zogholy.


1 January 2014 – 31 December 2016


The interdisciplinary research project “CHOREO–GRAPHIC FIGURES. Deviations from the Line”, led by artist Nikolaus Gansterer (Austria/Vienna) in collaboration with choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil (Austria/Vienna) and artist-writer Emma Cocker (UK/Nottingham), in dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors was approved funded by the FWF PEEK research grant of Austria. With ‘arts-based research’ at its heart, this research project stages an inter-subjective encounter between drawing (Gansterer), choreography (Greil) and writing (Cocker) in order to a) investigate those forms of ‘thinking-feeling-knowing’ produced through collaborative, interdisciplinary exchange, ‘between the lines’ of drawing, dance and writing, b) explore the performativity of notation (figures of thought, speech and movement) for articulating and making tangible this enquiry, c) contribute new knowledge and understanding to debates about the specificity of artistic enquiry and expanded practices of drawing, dance and writing.The project explores the nature of ‘thinking-in-action’ or ‘figures of thought’ produced as the practices of drawing, choreography and writing enter into dialogue, overlap and collide. Through processes of reciprocal exchange, dialogue and negotiation between the key researchers, "CHOREO–GRAPHIC FIGURES. Deviations from the Line" will interrogate the interstitial processes, practices and knowledge(s) produced in the ‘deviation’ for example, from page to performance, from word to mark, from line to action, from modes of flat image making towards transformational embodied encounters.


2  - 7 December 2013

"Beyond the Line" is an international, interdisciplinary collaboration involving artist-writer Emma Cocker, artist Nikolaus Gansterer (Vienna) and choreographer Mariella Greil (Vienna), for exploring the points of slippage as the practices of drawing, dance and writing enter into dialogue, overlap and collide. Cocker, Gansterer and Greil will inhabit the TTP space in WUK, Vienna /Austria as an experimental ‘method laboratory’ for staging an encounter between choreography, drawing and writing; between body, mark and text. A second part of the project will follow in April 2014 at the Bonington gallery in Nottingham / UK.


23 November 2013, 13:00 - 18:00

In the framework of the Vienna Art Week selected artists will open their studios to an interested public. With a guided tour through the Prater Bildhauerateliers at 11 am by curator Ursula-Maria Probst.

16 Nov 2013 – 30 March 2014
The comprehensive exhibition “My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process” redefines the notion of drawing as thinking process in the arts and the sciences alike. The power of drawing and its ability to affect our perception and the design of theories derives directly from this dual nature between mark making and agency. This fundamental insight into the inevitable relation of drawing and thinking stands in close dialogue with the exhibition "The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking", concurrently on view at Cranbrook Art Museum. Both exhibitions are curated by independent curator Nina Samuel. Opening reception on the 15th of November 2013 at Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USA.

10 Nov – 15 Dec 2013
An internationally traveling exhibition on the notion of drawing will debut at the Blickle Foundation, in Germany on the 9th of November presenting works by Agostino Arrivabene, Lucie Beppler, Geoff Chadsey, Andrea Fogli, Nikolaus Gansterer, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Waqas Khan, Franz Mölk, Danica Phelps, Christian Schwarzwald, Paul Thuile, Sandra Vasquez dela Horra, Maya Zack, Michael Ziegler, Ralf Ziervogel. Curated by Peter Weiermair.


7 - 10 Nov 2013


Presentation of work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Jorinde Voigt, Donato Piccolo represented by Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch at Artissima, Yellow Hall, Stand 12, Torino, Italy.


2 Nov 2013
Sound performance with The Vegetable Orchestra live at Volkstheater, in the framework of TEDx Unlimited, Vienna.


23 Oct 2013, 19:00
Opening night of the social action memorial project The Vienna Project at Odeon Theatre, Vienna with a dense program of speeches, performances and later on in the evening at the "Parcours des Erinnerns" with projections along the Danube Canal. Nikolaus Gansterer develps a intricate Memory Map which will be accessible via the Vienna Project-app programed by the CSS team. The memorial project was initiated by Karen Frostig, developped in close collaboration with the University of Applied Arts Vienna and will result in various manifestations within Vienna till May 2014.


23 Oct 2013, 20:00


Sound performance with The Vegetable Orchestra live at Theater Akzent, Vienna.


5 Oct 2013, 18:00
Launch of the new art magazine Casopis X on drawing at the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. With artist talks by Jiri Franta & David Boehm, Nikolaus Gansterer and a concert by Fero Kiraly. Curated by Slavomira Ondruova & Milan Vagae.


29 Sept – 1 Dec 2013

Presentation of work by Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with Emma Cocker amongst others at AGORA of the 4th Athens Biennale at the building of the former Athens Stock Exchange, Greece.


23 Sept – 28 Nov 2013


Opening of a solo show by Nikolaus Gansterer at Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, in Rome, Italy.


26 July 2013

Sound performance with The Vegetable Orchestra live at Radialsystem, Berlin.


19 July 2013, 17:00

A special guided tour with Karin Harrasser in conversation with Nikolaus Gansterer through the exhibition "When Thought becomes Matter and Matter turns into Thought" at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna.


17 July – 13 October 2013

A comprehensive exhibition is accompanying the megalomanic theatre project "Wagnerdämmerung" by Paulus Manker in the building of the former Post- & Telegrafenamt, 1010 Vienna, Austria. With art interventions by Erwin Wurm, Karlheinz Essl, Hermann Nitsch, Klaus Pobitzer, Ona B, Hans Hollein, Michael Kienzer, Christian Eisenberger, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mara Mattuschka, Deborah Sengl, Peter Sandbichler, Ronald Kodritsch, Martin Schnur and many more.


12 + 13 July 2013
A dense performance weekend on the bet, its meaning and its potential ("Wette – eine Untersuchung über Zweifel, Kontingenz und Sinn in Ökonomie und Gesellschaft") at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. With contributions by artists, performers and theoreticians: Elena Esposito and Pieter de Buysser in collaboration with Nikolaus Gansterer, Saskia Sassen & Richard Sennett, Forced Entertainment, Santiago Sierra, Johannes Kreidler, Reactor, Michael Portnoy, William Forsythe, Hadley+Maxwell, Cally Spooner, Jochen Dehn, Daniel Tyradellis, and many more.


11 July – 31 August 2013
A group show parallel to the Bregenzer Festspiele on processes of re-/transformation in contemporary art at Hospiz Galerie Bregenz with work by Thomas Feuerstein, Nikolaus Gansterer, Claudia Maerzendorfer, Herwig Weiser und Stephanie Winter. Curated by Andreas Krištof & Juliane Feldhoffer /section a.


02 July 2013, 17:30&