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.

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 - 17 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.

19 - 28 September 2015


Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to develop a new performance and installation for the MuCEM - Marseilles (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) in France. Based on the materials collected during a short residency at MuCEM Nikolaus Gansterer distilled in collaboration with deriva(c)trice and choreography adviser Lilia Mestre 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, sounds, floor- and wall drawings will be transformed and activated into a performance taking place on 19th of September at Mucem in the framework of Resonance Festival. The performative installation will stay on display till 28 September 2015. It is the first solo exhibition in France by artist Nikolaus Gansterer. Curated by Samar Khedy.

1 - 30 September 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 Milan, Italy. Artists Ralo Mayer, Aldo Giannotti, Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter + Helmut Weber + Jeff Derksen), Tatort (Alexandra Berlinger + Wolfgang Fiel), Ubermorgen 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 via the website. An artist talk by Nikolaus Gansterer with Gerald Straub is scheduled for 26th of September at the Austrian pavilion, details will follow soon.

5 + 6 September 2015, 20:30


Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to perform two live drawing translations of a new series of public talks taking place at MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria. The concept is to make tangible the process of thinking, drafting and projecting ideas live on stage. Concept by Alexander Martos and Hanna Hurtzig. On the 5.9.2015 the first dialogue partners are Tomas Zierhofer-Kin (the new director of the Wiener Festwochen festival) and the dramaturgs Nadine Jessen (Kampnagel Hamburg) and Johannes Maile (WUK) reflecting on their new project "Die Akademie des Verlernens /Academy of Un-Learning". The second talk on 6.9.2015 will invite French historian Jerome Segal and Belgian filmmaker Nathalie Borgers to discuss their new Anti-Heimatfilm project. More infos on the dialogue partners and the trailer can be found here!

20 - 23 Aug 2015


Plague of Diagrams is an exhibition and a programme of performances, talks and discussions concerning the relationships between diagrammatic practices and thought in different disciplines taking place at the ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, UK. In particular, the event explores the function and use of diagrams in art as expanded diagrammatic practice beyond the graphic presentation of information. The event explores diagrams as actual/virtual machines that while taking material form and indexing existing relations and objects, point to other arrangements. As Gilles Châtelet declared, diagrams are gestures that invite other gestures. This is a vision of diagrams as abstract machines activated through performance or thought; a notion of diagrams as relays that connect or traverse different times and spaces. It is a conception of diagrams as critical and logical exploratory devices that, in presenting what is not apparent or visible—real abstractions, potential modes of being, hidden relations—paradoxically depend on the register of the imaginary and the inventive production of images, figures and gestures. Since the Enlightenment, when diagrams facilitated scientific and statistical breakthroughs, to cybernetic research of the twentieth century, to the algorithmic devices that govern relations and economies today, diagrams have extended and organised human culture. While diagrams have proliferated we can draw a distinction between diagrams that index and deliver knowledge, and diagrams that pose problems and facilitate thought as an exploratory process. Plague of Diagrams addresses not just the critical and organisational functions of diagrams but the art of diagramming too, while taking account of the reductive, controlling or ideological use of diagrams.
Plague of Diagrams is organised by David Burrows and Dean Kenning in collaboration with Ami Clarke, Andrew Conio, John Cussans and David Osbaldeston. The collaboration has developed out of discussions and events staged by the Diagram Research Use and Generation Group (DRUGG).
Contributions by Rachel Cattle & Jenna Collins, Neil Chapman & Gillian Wylde, Ami Clarke, Andrew Conio, John Cussans, David Burrows, Benedict Drew, English Heretic, Nikolaus Gansterer, Joey Holder, Dean Kenning, Christoph Leuder, Stine Llungdalh, Adelheid Mers, Sharon Morris, Mike Nelson, David Osbaldeston, Plastique Fantastique, Patricia Reed, John Russell, Erica Scourdi, Andy Sharpe, Kamini Vellodi, Martin Westwood and Carey Young.

15 August - 20 September, 2015


On Friday, 14 August 14, 2015, at 7 pm opening of the Austrian Graphic Art Competition which takes place for the 34th time in 2015 at Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria. It is Austria’s oldest artistic competition and the only competition of its kind in the graphic art field. The huge number of entries and also of prizes offered confirm the high esteem in which the competition is held. The works submitted – pieces using all graphic techniques on paper including the new media – are assessed by an international jury. About ten prizes are awarded, and the submissions by the winning artists are shown in the exhibition 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.

Jury: Patrizia Dander (Curator Haus der Kunst, Munich), Søren Grammel (Director Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Basel), Genoveva Rückert (Curator, OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz)


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. In cooperation with ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna two public openings of the Method Lab at AILab (Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna) are reserved: 25 July 2015, 15:00 – 19:00 and 10 August 2015, 15:00 – 19:00. Admission free! Please download our recent project paper here:

23 July 2015, 18:30
Open air sound performance with The Vegetable Orchestra live at PopFest at Seebuehne Karlsplatz, in Vienna, Austria. Admission free!

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