RECENT & ONGOING:
4 April - 7 June 2020
"FIGURES DE PENSÉES. DENKBEWEGUNGEN"
“I can easily imagine someone always doubting before he opened his front door whether an abyss did not yawn behind it, and making sure about it before he went through the door.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical investigations, §84).
Since Antiquity, philosophers incessantly imagine strange scenarios to serve their arguments. Often, their “thought experiments” take us to worlds very different from ours, with other social, ethical or natural laws. Rather than full-fledged literary texts, these philosophical scenes, however, remain sketches for the most part, as they are detailed just enough to make philosophical claims plausible. But what happens if we try to turn one of these pure "thought-objects", merely designed for the imagination, into real things or if we try to perform one of the scenes described by a philosopher?
Questions like these stand at the beginning of the exhibition imagined by the artist and performer Nikolaus Gansterer together with the curator and theorist Klaus Speidel. Together Gansterer and Speidel playfully develop different figurations to put to the test the theoretical work of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. Their interest in figures of thought is an extension of the research that each of them has developed in the past through different mediums. The figures they develop are about translation and transfer, about how thoughts and words become images and objects and vice versa. The new works will be contextualised with works by Gansterer on the shapes of diagrammatic visualizations and patterns of spatial interactions through performative notation. On the 4th of April 2020 festive opening of the the extensive exhibition at Centre d'art contemporain - Les Tanneries, in Amilly, France. The opening has been canceled due to the coronavirus - the exhibition is planed to take place in 2021!
30 March 2020
"WINNER of the SAR RC PRIZE 2019"
The SAR RC Prize for Best Exposition 2019 goes to: Choreo-graphic Figures: Scoring Aesthetic Encounters (2019)
The exposition Choreo-graphic Figures: Scoring Aesthetic Encounters (2019) stages an encounter between choreography, drawing, sound and writing in order to explore those knowledge forms through collaborative exchange. The exposition stages the different modes of practice as an actual dialogue and collision, and derives from the findings of the artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line (2014-2017) by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil. The researchers seek to extend their investigation in questioning how a digital archive can be created that is capable of reflecting the durational and relational aspects of the research process. The outcome is a non-linear rhizomatic (using the artists’ term) encounter with artistic research, where the findings are activated as a choreo-graphic event. The artist and designer Simona Koch supported the transformation from an embodied, experiential enquiry into different publication formats, including a text-based book, alongside the online digital format of the RC exposition. The RC complements the shortcomings of printed material and utilizes the performative qualities of sound, image and film that cannot be expressed in the printed material. In this way in the project, the digital and printed material complement each other.
The exposition can be encountered experientially through a section called ‘Playing the Score’, whilst the ‘Find Out More’ section contains contextual framing alongside conceptual-theoretical reflections on the ecology of practices and figures. The authors (Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil-Moebius, Simona Koch) make an interesting use of the RC platform, communicating their research through rich and articulate interactions between text and multimedia materials. Once the user selects ‘Play the Score’, the exposition becomes an inhabited drawing where performance, documentation, notation and user agency are blurred, and their interconnections are explored in rich ways. The complexity of the exposition is built through written and spoken word, video and sound recordings, photos and graphic elements that enable and encourage the user to literally re-enact the research process. Documentation of the performative elements of the research interplay with artistic writings, presented as animated text elements and reflections of notational forms that are embedded in the current discourse on [e.g.] aesthetics and human nature. The delightful and enjoyable layout and design of the exposition helps the reader understand the content. The exposition was published in Journal for Artistic Research – JAR 18.
28 March 2020
Solo performance by Nikolaus Gansterer at Culture Art Centre of Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal in the framework of the ongoing groupshow "Boundless Objects".
What are objects and how they come to existence? Living and nonliving – objects are never complete, stable or inert; they are emerging only in complex relations and always within specific contexts. Situated at the intersection of art, philosophy, geology, ecology, physics, and technology, this exhibition aims to bring together contemporary art practices which make inquiries about how objects emerge in their constant transfigurations. Works by Ana Leonor Madeira Rodrigues, Ana Rewakowicz, André Sier, Erica Seccombe, Izabella Gustowska, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy High, Marek Wasilewski, Marta de Menezes, Nikolaus Gansterer, Piotr Bosacki and Renata Rosado. Curated by Monika Bakke. The performence has been canceled due to the coronavirus!
12 March - 30 April 2020
“NORTH BY NORTH-EAST”
The exhibition sets a course for the elementary forms of drawing. Based on an understanding of the body as an instrument for seismographic recording and as an intelligent storage medium for complex knowledge, »NORTH BY NORTHEAST« explores central issues in drawing: Which stimuli and conditions are relevant for drawing processes? What part do physical action and movement play? What is the role of chance and how is temporality visibly inscribed into the drawing? As the exhibited works meet they allow previous notions of drawing and how drawings are read to be reviewed, encouraging the exploration of unknown forms of graphic notation and provoking an expansion of each artist’s individual repertoire. The exhibition space at the Deutscher Künstlerbund, (Markgrafenstraße 67, in Berlin, Germany) acts as a laboratory to examine and demonstrate the performative and processual potential of drawing.
With work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Stella Geppert, Katja Pudor, Christian Schellenberger, Nicole Wendel, Saskia Wendland. The opening has been canceled due to the coronavirus - but the show can be seen through the gallery windows.
26 February - 1 March 2020
"GALERIE CRONE at ARCO MADRID"
Works by Emmanuel Bornstein, Walter Dahn, Nikolaus Gansterer, Tobias Hofknecht, Erez Israeli, Martin Kippenberger, Daniel Lergon, Robert Muntean, MilenTill, Antony Valerian, Otto Zitko are presented by Galerie Crone at Booth 9B10, at Arco Art Fair in Madrid, Spain.
29 February - 5 March 2020
"NOT YET (STILL THERE) ALREADY GONE: FIGURES OF CONTINGENCY"
Although dance and performance are embodied, ephemeral and process-based art forms, there have always been attempts to notate, “write dance”, record movements, and somehow capture live events through scores, maps and diagrams. But how can we become more aware of the flow of our perception, trace the immanent micro-choreographies of thinking and notate the act of sense-making? In a workshop (29 Feb - 1 March) and a lecture performance (5 March) at Dance Nucleus, Singapore, Nikolaus Gansterer highlights fundamental questions pertaining notation, subjective forms of mapping and modes of diagramming relational thinking, and to introduce practices of notation and translation. Through transformative shifts from idea to sign, word to image, trace to figure, and material to movement, strategies of inscription and expanded drawing of spatial and embodied states are collectively experienced and invented. The workshop and presentation has been canceled due to the coronavirus!
13 December 2019 - 13 February 2020
“EXPERIMENTAL DIAGRAMMING. BETWEEN SPATIAL FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION”
Over the past decades the diagram has developed into a constitutive, generative medium for architectural design. The diagram as a visual medium facilitates a medial translation of perceived configurations in the thinking process and vice versa. Yet, today diagram is a commonplace term and its generative meaning has almost disappeared in the everyday use of this word. The group exhibition “Experimental Diagramming. Between Spatial Figuration and Abstraction” reveals an experimental use of diagrams that show their performative and transformative essence, rediscovering and presenting new experimental practices of diagramming. The exhibition curated by Anna Hougaard and Lidia Gasperoni brings together work by Kim Albrecht, Peter Behrbohm, Peter Bertram, J. Michael Birn, Jana Culek, Gerhard Dirmoser, Riet Eckhout, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mark Garcia, Paul Heinicker, Anna Hougaard, Rachel Hurst, Ephraim Joris, Agata Kycia, Adam Marcus, Dominik Mohs, Philipp Reinfeld, Francois Roche / New Territories, Mira Sanders, Guro Sollid & Maja Zander, Neil Spiller, Studio Stradivarie and will take place at the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
8 - 19 November 2019
"UNDERSTANDING - ART & RESEARCH"
The University of Applied Arts Vienna presents exemplary approaches to its artistic research under the title UNDERSTANDING – ART & RESEARCH, it is about understanding as the very creative impulse. Through examples from research and teaching, science and art the transformation of society can be viewed, examined, sensed, discussed and experienced. Curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch and Barbara Putz-Plecko. Festive opening of the show at Yuga Gallery and Rittai-Kobo, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (12-8 Ueno-Koen Taito-Ku), Tokyo, Japan on 7th of November 2019, at 19:30. Open on weekend and admission free.
2 November 2019 - 1 February 2020
"THE EXTENDED MIND"
'The Extended Mind' proposes that our cognition – that is our mind, thoughts, reasoning, perception, imagination, intelligence, emotion and experience – does not just take place within our brains. It also takes place through our bodies and the broader world and enabled by all the tools, technologies, institutions, materials and techniques we might use to orientate our understanding of where we are in the world. From shadow puppetry of extinct animals, to videos exploring the impact of electromagnetic waves on our thoughts and cultures, to robots that learn through contact and the idea that digital technology is driving us towards a new collective sense of self, 'The Extended Mind' is set across a diverse series of journeys to other real and imagined places. With work by Gianfranco Baruchello, Marcus Coates, Marjolijn Dijkman, Nikolaus Gansterer, Joseph Grigely, Agnieszka Kurant & John Menick, Myriam Lefkowitz, Daria Martin, William McKeown, Goro Murayama, Angelo Plessas, Magali Reus. Curated by Miranda Anderson, Tessa Giblin and James Clegg at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, in Scotland.
25 October 2019 - 11 January 2020
"NIKOLAUS GANSTERER: TRACING (IN)TANGIBLES"
Opening on the 24th of October of the soloshow "tracing (in)tangibles" by Nikolaus Gansterer at Galerie Crone, Vienna, Austria. For his solo show at Gallery Crone Nikolaus Gansterer has transformed the exhibition space into a hybrid of archive, laboratory, and workshop where the possible materialities of thought and perception processes are explored and visualized. A boundless curiosity and insatiable desire for research necessitate Nikolaus Gansterer’s transdisciplinary work, an amalgamation of science, philosophy, music, dance, and fine art.
27 October 2019 - 01 March 2020
"MADE IN MARL"
Over the past eight years, numerous artists were invited to exhibit at the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany and have created new works specifically for the occasion. The results include video works, sculptures, and photographs that reveal an intensive artistic preoccupation with the manifold aspects of urban life in Marl, its history and architecture, its art and its residents. Work by Alexander Basile, Janet Biggs, Katja Davar, Bogomir Ecker, Sebastian Freytag, Nikolaus Gansterer, Manuel Graf, Owen Gump, Douglas Henderson, Lena Henke, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Jan Hoeft und Nicolas Pelzer, Martin Kaltwasser, Mischa Kuball, Marko Lulić, Melanie Manchot, Isa Melsheimer, Charlotte Moth, mythen der moderne, Lukas Norer, Anne Pöhlmann, Random People & Red Park, Johanna Reich, Denise Ritter, Matthias Schamp, Jan Scharrelmann, Fari Shams und Arne Schmitt, Corinna Schnitt, Thomas Schütte, Kathrin Stumreich, Günther Uecker.
25 October - 17 November 2019
"CROSS-SECTIONS at EXLAB"
Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland hosts an extensive exhibition of the CrossSections project with 19 participating international artists.The festive opening is taking place at Ex Lab on 24th of October. CrossSections is designed as an interdisciplinary platform for explorations into artistic research and education through dialogue and production. The project employs an open format to reflect upon “process” with the intent to articulate critical reactions to the political, economic, and social disturbances facing us today. Participating artists include Heba Y. Amin, Nisrine Boukhari, Benji Boyadgian, Yane Calovski, Ramesch Daha, Ricarda Denzer, Nikolaus Gansterer, Inma Herrera, Barbara Holub, Otto Karvonen, Ebru Kurbak, Bronwyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Egle Oddo, Isa Rosenberger, Lina Selander, Tamsin Snow and Timo Tuhkanen. Curated by Basak Senova.
12 October 2019 - 29 March 2020
What are objects and how they come to existence? Living and nonliving – objects are never complete, stable or inert; they are emerging only in complex relations and always within specific contexts. Situated at the intersection of art, philosophy, geology, ecology, physics, and technology, this exhibition aims to bring together contemporary art practices which make inquiries about how objects emerge in their constant transfigurations. Group exhibition at the Culture Art Centre of Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal with works by Ana Leonor Madeira Rodrigues, Ana Rewakowicz, André Sier, Erica Seccombe, Izabella Gustowska, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy High, Marek Wasilewski, Marta de Menezes, Nikolaus Gansterer, Piotr Bosacki and Renata Rosado. Curated by Monika Bakke.
2 - 15 October, 2019
"CROSS-SECTIONS at KONSTFACK"
Konstfack Art University in Stockholm, Sweden hosts an extensive exhibition of the CrossSections project with 19 participating international artists.The festive opening is taking place at Konstfack Vita Havet space on 2nd of Oct at 18:00. CrossSections is designed as an interdisciplinary platform for explorations into artistic research and education through dialogue and production. The project employs an open format to reflect upon “process” with the intent to articulate critical reactions to the political, economic, and social disturbances facing us today. Participating artists include Heba Y. Amin, Nisrine Boukhari, Benji Boyadgian, Yane Calovski, Ramesch Daha, Ricarda Denzer, Nikolaus Gansterer, Inma Herrera, Barbara Holub, Otto Karvonen, Ebru Kurbak, Bronwyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Egle Oddo, Isa Rosenberger, Lina Selander, Tamsin Snow and Timo Tuhkanen. Curated by Basak Senova.