1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018

During his research residency at Villa Arson, in Nice, France, Nikolaus Gansterer plans to develop a series of works that explore the tactics of materialisation of processes of perception and cognition where in-scription and trans-scription fuse with live drawing and writing that stage the unfolding of embodied diagrams. Here, both the role of the other and the surrounding environment as a co-constitutive ecology and omnipresent field of forces are core to his spatiotemporal mappings, in which fundamental aesthetic practices – "practices of con-notation" – are performed and rendered tangible. Therefore, Gansterer will collaborate with a group of invited experts and guests to further explore the notion of co-notation. Deeply interested in these fundamental translational processes of human sense-making with all senses Gansterer questions how these immanent and situative constructions of meaning could be expanded towards a radical autopoiesis: where a line of thought becomes a line on paper, turns into a line in space or a line verbalized, and then again a line articulated with the whole body or transforms into an object as a score for performing with others.

The fragile artefacts created during the research residency will all be well documented and made accessible to the public in various formats, namely in an extensive exhibition at Gallery Carrée at Le Centre National d'art contemporain of Villa Arson, which will open on the 11th of March, 2018.

1 December 2017, 19:00


The solo performance "Thinking Matters Other Others. A Translecture "by Nikolaus Gansterer will be presented in the framework of the 20 year anniversary of the performance art festival BONES at Schlachthaus theatre, Bern, Switzerland. Curated by Sibylle Omlin and Christiane Krejs.

18 November – 15 December 2017
Gesture, Trace and Performance stages a constellation of some of the most thought provoking contemporary works developed through artistic research, inquiring into collective notions of memory, time and space. The exhibition at the UCA, Herbert Read Gallery, in Canterbury, UK is organised around three thematics: disappearance, masks, and becoming.  ‘Disappeareance’ focuses on the ephemerality of recorded memory via sound or image;  ‘masks' expresses a presence that is invisible yet substantive, thinkable through touch; and  ‘becoming' concerns the mediation between bodily drawings and the cohabitation in holding a certain space through limited time. ‘Gesture, Trace and Performance’ presents multidisciplinary art works by Leah Fusco, Robert Luzar, Wiebke Leister, Anastasios Logothetis, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Nikolaus Gansterer (in collaboration with Erin Manning). Curated by Azadeh Fatehrad.

12 + 14 November 2017

On Sunday 12 November 2017 Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will give a one day workshop (11:00 - 17:00) hosted by Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK. Key researchers Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil ask: How can we develop systems of notation for identifying, marking and communicating the barely perceptible micro-movements at the cusp of awareness? How can we communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces within artistic practice, without ‘fixing’ that which is inherently dynamic and contingent as a literal sign? This workshop seeks out the choreo-graphic traces of translational processes, exploring the shifts of attention and modes of engagement happening at the passage from one medium – writing-drawing-choreography – to another. We will investigate somatic practices and compositional decision-making within a collaborative creative process based on embodied gestures. For booking please click here. Additionally, on Tuesday 14 November 2017, 19:00 - 20:30 Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present a performance lecture at the Crossing Borders Talks in the 2017 series at Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK launching their recent publication Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2017.

10 November 2017, 19:00
The ACF London presents a programme of events, projects and exhibitions across the fields of digital, electronic and sound arts and experimental film. Austrian artists have been pioneers in digital arts for decades and this autumn exhibition Emotion + the Tech (no) body considers our cultural and emotional attachment to data and the relationship of our bodies to technology.

On Friday 10 November, at 7pm, Nikolaus Gansterer and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll will do a Translecture performance, at ACF London. The Restitution of Complexity is a new performance by Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll & Nikolaus Gansterer of live drawing, storytelling and sound that explores the body as archive. Improvising a state of constantly becoming something else, in collaboration, Carroll and Gansterer show the unconscious archives of Austria’s Stockholm Syndrome about its brief colony in Mexico, which ended with the assassination of Maximillian. A live video feed turns the sculptural accumulations that trace a delirious ficto-criticism into two dimensional projections. Made especially for the Austrian Cultural Forum, there are cameo appearances by Freud in Mexico, dreaming the demise of the empire. The Restitution of Complexity is based on a book about the return of the many complex agents who make up history, a history of humans’ relationships to objects and their restitution after conquest. Curated by Sally Golding (Unconscious Archives / OtherFilm).

3 November 2017, 20:00
A film is being shot. A synthesizer hums. A table is set and a space ship has landed. We start out on an island. We end in space. Somewhere in-between, capitalism goes underwater on its way to Mars. Welcome to the Future Past! Jacques Rancière once said, maybe, it is more important to save fiction from reality, than to protect reality from fiction.“ In this spirit, this episode follows the glow of the strangest of all elements, Phosphorus, from its extraterrestrial origins via alchemistic experiments, bird excrements, pacific islands, colonial expansions and dietary geopolitics to the new subaquatic and, once again, outer space territories of capitalism. In collaboration between various artists, theoreticians, a designer and a space station architect, the installation and performance measures the distance between islands and planets, tragedy and transgression, future, fiction and past. A gigantic table spans time and space; there is food to incorporate the stories and histories, and a space station that is a film set. In the words of Jean-François Lyotard, „myth can only be told in the language of the myth.“ With contributions by a.ACHAT, Daniel Colucciello Barber, Stefan Becker, Hannes Broecker, Nikolaus Gansterer, James Hoff, Barbara Imhof, Margarete Jahrmann, Marian Kaiser, D. Kaufman, Jonas Loh, Fred Rapid, Klaus Schafler, Claudia Schötz. Naurutica is Episode 3 of the ongoing project The Future of Demonstration – Vermögen developed by Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler in collaboration with Maximilian Thoman. The multi-layered festival, a hybrid of a symposium, exhibition, long term performance and live broadcasting is taking place at REAKTOR, Vienna, Austria from 31.10. – 11.11. 2017.

20 October 2017, 22:00


Nikolaus Gansterer (live drawing&video) and Martin Siewert (live music) will do a late night audio-visual performance at Admiral Kino, Burggasse 119, Vienna, Austria in the frame of SalonkonzertAV invited by Gerda Lampalzer & MedienWerkStatt Wien. The live performance "Drifting Ground: A sonic translecture" will be recorded, mastered and published as limited DVD edition at Position-N.

19 October 2017, 14:30 – 16:00

"CROSS-SECTIONS - mapping workshop and core meeting I
CrossSections project, which focuses on artistic research, discussion and production, will organize a project mapping workshop, followed by 2 days CORE meetings. In the course of two years (2017-2018), with the participation of 21 artists, some scholars and cultural workers, various meetings, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and talks are being be held in three cities: Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm. The aim of this mapping” workshop in Vienna is to introduce, discuss and map the research strains and keywords of the project and contribution of the core meetings with some of the artists of the project and the audience. The participating artists of the meeting are Behzad Khosravi Noori, Benji Boyadgian, Gözde İlkin, Isa Rosenberger, Nikolaus Gansterer, Barbara Holub, Ramesch Daha, Ricarda Denzer and Tamsin Snow.
The workshop will take place on October 19, 2017 from 14: 30 to 16: 00 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Zentrum Fokus Forschung, Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schoenlaterngasse 5, Vienna. Curated by Başak Şenova, CrossSections project is organized in partnership of Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; iaspis, Konstfack - University of Arts and The Nordic Art Association, Stockholm; Nya Småland, in Sweden; HIAP -  and University of the Arts Helsinki.

16 October 2017, 20:00
Nikolaus Gansterer will give an artist talk with an proposal for a performative score in the framework of the two year artistic research project Stoffwechsel,  which is temporarily residing at Im_flieger, Schutzhaus Zukunft, Schmelz, 1150 Vienna, Austria. This time the focus of attention is radically directed to the mutual permeations of various material and immaterial forms: How does art reflect? How does reflection with materials show in and through that material? How does this influence our social relationship patterns? How can another concept of the world and its potentials of togetherness be made tangible to an audience? By and with Alfred Lenz, Anita Kaya, Axel Brom, Claudia Heu, Jack Hauser, Kilian Jörg, Lisa Hinterreithner, Sabina Holzer, TE-R , Yasmin Ritschl. Guests: Arno Boehler, Susanne Granzer, Brigid Roth, Elisabeth Schaefer, Mariella Greil, Nikolaus Gansterer. Free admission!

12 – 29 October 2017
In its fourth incarnation Urban Lights Ruhr invites eight artistic interventions to examine and transform the centre of the modernistic plancity Marl in Ruhr region of Germany and its ever-growing sculpture park. New work developed by internationally recognized artists opens new perspectives on existing architectonic and civic planning structures. Between dystopia and utopia the interventions offer ideas to reinterpret and revive these protected buildings. With interventions by Isa Melsheimer, Kristina Buch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mischa Kuball, Martin Pfeifle, Michael Sailstorfer, Sans Facon, Hannah Weinberger. Curated by Katja Aßmann, Melanie Bono, Georg Elben. Please find the full programme as booklet, here!

All news