28 June  - 28 July 2019
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 MAK - Museum for Applied Arts Vienna, Austria on 27th of June 2019, at 19:00. A collateral Project of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2019.

5 - 27 June 2019
The exhibition and a workshop, “Fragile Narratives” addresses the distrust of contemporary art towards classical forms of narration on several layers, while at the same time inviting to reflect on the problems of a term that is currently very popular in political language. Not only are the works interpreted as fragile narratives, but curating itself is also addressed as a fragile narrative that is not determined by the works of the exhibition. In this way, different classifications of the topics are examined, which overlap or even contradict each other. With work by Katarina Burin, Nikolaus Gansterer, Benjamin Hugard, Dejan Kaludjerović, Michèle Pagel, Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza, Tom Schmelzer, Nita Tandon. Opening of the exhibition & artist talk at Memphis - Art Space, in Linz, Austria on the 4th of June 2019 at 19:00. Curated by Klaus Speidel.


25 May - 10 June 2019

The Werkleitz Festival 2019, in Dessau, Germany takes an in-depth look at the legacy of Bauhaus from the perspective of contemporary productions, as inspired by the interrelated tensions between the concepts of model and ruin. Criticism of Bauhaus is legion. And yet we continue to utilize the elements of Bauhaus that are still relevant. Time is the central theme for Nikolaus Gansterers works for the festival. His new works take up the idea that modernity marked the beginning of a new linear notion of time that was open to the past and future but that older notions of time continued to exist in parallel to this new one. By means of subtle, ephemeral interventions in the park, the artist explores potential forms of representation for these different concepts of time.

On the occasion of the Bauhaus Centenary these artists have been invited to develop new commissioned work: Haseeb Ahmed , Rosa Barba, Aram Bartholl, Michael Beutler, Haris Epaminonda, Holmer Feldmann, Angela Ferreira, Nikolaus Gansterer, Christoph Girardet, Cornelius Grau, Romain Loeser, Andrea Pichl, Magdalena Rude. Curated by Alexander Klose und Daniel Herrmann.

8 May - 28 August 2019

Each situation is endowed with a specific atmosphere: a significant but non-objectified, unstable and enveloping presence. Contingent Agencies is an artistic research project by Nikolaus Gansterer and Alex Arteaga and invited guests to collaboratively inquire into the agencies
 that enable the emergence of this kind of presences. This project aims at developing practices of notation and reflection that allow to understand these agencies and their relationships. The artefacts generated by these practices will be on display at the Research Pavilion until August 28th, 2019.

On Friday, May 10th from 5 to 6 pm and on Monday, May 13th from 5 to 6 pm, we will do a public presentation about the project discussing new artefacts and a screening of recent related work including the essay film Reflecting Relational Traces done in collaboration with Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Martin Siewert.

Contingent Agencies is a 4 year project funded by the Program for Arts-based Research (PEEK) and will be initiated at the Research Pavilion, in the framework of the research cell Through Phenomena themselves: a framework for the inquiry into artistic and phenomenological research practices, organized by Alex Arteaga. The Research Pavilion can be visited at Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo Giudecca, 621, 30133 Venice, Italy. Open every day 10:00 - 18:00, except Tuesday it is closed.
Festive Opening on Wednesday, May 8th from 17:30 with live music.

25 - 28 April 2019
Gallery Marie-Laure Fleisch presents new work by Christine Ödlund, Are Blytt, Alice Cattaneo, Patrick Carpentier, Nikolaus Gansterer,Nika Neelova, Christine Ödlund, Giuseppe Stampone at Art Brussels, Booth A11.

6 -27 April 2019

The University of Applied Arts Vienna presents 15 different examples of innovative artistic research projects for the first time at the Building Bridges Art Exchange Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, US. In cooperation with the the UCLA Art Sci center exemplary research approaches will be on display which are all challenging the established perspective of research. Amongst others the interdisciplinary research project "Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line" by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will be presented too. The exhibition is about understanding possibilities of research of and through art in new ways, about understanding as the very driving force of inquiry, artistic and scientific activity. Curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch and Barbara Putz-Plecko.

28 March 2019, 15:00


A solo performance by Nikolaus Gansterer at Drawing Now Fair, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France. Nikolaus Gansterer explores thought, history and knowledge through diagrams, the body's language, memory, and uncompromised materials that expand drawing to the territory of story-telling and reflexion. Mid-way between a conference, a digression and a lecture, his performances enhance the power of association and schematic dreaming. Curated by Joana P. R. Neves.

22 March 2019, 11:15
The artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present the research catalogue exposition “Choreo-graphic Figures: Scoring Aesthetic Encounters" at the 10th SAR conference at ZHdK - Zurich University of the Arts.

21 March  - 15 June 2019, opening 17:00 - 21:00


Nikolaus Gansterer, solo show, at Drawing Lab Paris, France.

In his artistic and performative practice, Nikolaus Gansterer applies an expanded and open notion of drawing based on his understanding of thinking and drawing being analogous processes. He is thus concerned with the fundamental question of how to translate and visualise thought processes, both conscious and subconscious. Presenting several new and on-site works next to existing ones, Gansterer's innovative methods such as ad hoc notations, self-reporting, or space-body diagrams are explored and together cast a fresh light on drawing, namely as a tool for thinking in action. During the process of developing and installing the new work for his solo exhibition Nikolaus Gansterer will be artist in residence at Cité Internationale des Arts. Curated by Jeanette Pacher.

7 March  - 10 June 2019

"SHARJAH BIENNIAL 14" - Leaving the Echo Chamber in Sharjah, United Arabian Emirates. The Sympoiesis Observatory is a large scale site specific project at an abandoned Ice Factory in Kalba village, in collaboration with Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Martin Siewert. Curated by Claire Tancons.

29 January - 02 March 2019

Groupshow at Fotogalerie, Vienna, Austria with
contributions by Anthony Carr, Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with Emma Cocker, William Mokrynski, Andreas Müller, Anja Nowak, Sheung Yiu.

7 December 2018, 17:30

After a day of studio visits at the Jan van Eyck Academie Nikolaus Gansterer will give an introduction to his ongoing practices of line- and trace-making, his understanding of the notion of expanded drawing and present his recent projects and publications on the links between drawing, thinking and action. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Free admission.

5 - 9 December 2018


Le Bouc Divin is a cross-reading of Jannis Skarimbas' novel The Divine Goat (1933) and the bizarre biotope behind WIELS' premises.
 The Dionysian character of the book, a pervert, a seducer, or simply a bearer of life, Skarimbas' anti-hero becomes a vehicle for many sociological and political parallelisms. Eugenics, totalitarianism, bio-politics and the eternally enigmatic nature of human relationships all fall under the scope of the text. Due to the fact that the book has never been translated into English, artist Yiannis Papadopoulos shared the story aurally with his fellow residents, and through his selective translation they read and misread the novel, offering back a gesture to the WIELS Project Room as a joint act, where individual practices mingle and ask uncomfortable questions.

 With contributions by Hiba Farhat, Nikolaus Gansterer, Oier Iruretagoiena
, Marlie Mul, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Markus von Platen, Jaanus Samma, Ula Sickle. Performative opening on the 5h of December, 18:00. Free admission.

29 November 2018, 20:30


Nikolaus Gansterer will give an introduction to his ongoing practices of line- and trace-making, his understanding of the notion of expanded drawing and present his recent projects and publications on the links between drawing, thinking and action. At KASK, Campus Bijloke, Cirque, Louis Pasteurlaan 2, Gent, Belgium. Admission free!

19 November - 30 November 2018
The University of Applied Arts Vienna presents 15 different examples of innovative artistic research projects for the first time at ADM Gallery (81 Nanyang Drive) in Singapore. In cooperation with the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTO) exemplary research approaches will be on display which are all challenging the established perspective of research. Amongst others the interdisciplinary research project "Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line" by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will be presented too. The exhibition is about understanding possibilities of research of and through art in new ways, about understanding as the very driving force of inquiry, artistic and scientific activity. Curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch and Barbara Putz-Plecko.

18 November 2018, 18:00


Part of the 20 year anniversary of The Vegetable Orchestra this unique ensemble will leave the safety net of the orchestral collective and take turns in performing excerpts from their solo or chamber projects. The core sections of the orchestra will for the first time lay bare their roots and display the complex web of the different artistic aesthetics that has made this orchestra so utterly unique during the 20 years of its existence. What they all have in common is the quest to test and exceed limits, the willingness to leave safe artistic terrain behind them and search out new artistic experience, even if it ends in failure, but all the more so, if it leads to growth. With contributions amongst others by the Institute for Transacoustic Research,zb, moestroem, Ulrich Troyer, Jürgen Berlakovich, Jörg Piringer. In the framework of Festival Wien Modern, Semperdepot, Vienna.

15 November 2018, 19:30

"AUTODUETT- PARADOXIE ALS STRATEGIE DER RESILIENZ" (Autoduet - Paradox as a Strategy of Resilience)
In contrast to psychological self-reflexivity in which short productive episodes of concrete cognitive problem solving are precisely recorded, artistic self reflexivity focuses on those phases in which a person prepares and makes possible these productive episodes. Nikolaus Gansterer, artistic researcher and researcher artist has been working on the latter and responds in real time during the performance AUTODUETT to the introspection exercises of the writer Thomas Raab who in turn responds in his lecture. If the experiment works then there will be a kind of empathic exchange of epistemologies if not then they will remain in their own worlds. The new performance AUTODUETT by artist Nikolaus Gansterer and writer Thomas Raab will take place at Künstlerhaus Wien in the framework of Funkenflug 11 curated by Maria Holter.

8 November 2018 - 31 March 2019

The MAC - Metropolitan Art Centre Belfast is pleased to announce the 13 artists shortlisted for the MAC International 2018: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Ali Cherri, Larissa Fassler, Nikolaus Gansterer, Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi & Simone Trabucchi), Ronan McCrea, Aisling O’Beirn, Vesna Pavlović, Renata Poljak, Larissa Sansour, Özge Topçu. MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast. The MAC International 2018 Prize of 20,000 GBP was awarded
to the artist Nikolaus Gansterer.


27 October 2018, 16:00

A presentation through practices of two books written through practices, as a framework to reflect collectively on the role of publishing in the context of artistic research. Although very different in form, the writing processes articulate practice and thought as two naturally and necessarily interwoven things. We invite to a moment where some of the practices through which these books are existing now will be performed and made present as ways of thinking.
The two publications "Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line", Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker, Mariella Greil (eds.), DeGruyter, Berlin, 2017 and "Thinking Conditioning through Practice", Alex Arteaga and Heike Langsdorf (eds.) APE, Ghent, 2018 serve as platform for three performances in different media followed by a open discussion with the audience: Alex Arteaga & Nikolaus Gansterer: acousmatic translecture; Julien Bruneau: excerpt of the performance some crosscuts of some of our improbable bodies, with Anouk Llaurens and Sonia Si Ahmed; Miriam Rohde, Laetitia Gendre & Heike Langsdorf: From where we are (becoming a spatial participant); Kristof Van Baarle sends a series of postcards spelling a couple of questions and thoughts on the two books stimulating a conversation between contributors and audience. The event takes place at WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium. Free admission.

13 October 2018 - 10 February 2019
"VOLATILE DREAMS - Art of the World’s Fair"
Parallel at two venues – in the Kunstmuseum Ahlen and in the Marta Herford Museum, Germany – this exhibition is devoted to the fascinating history of the Expo. In dialogue with contemporary artists, the “best expo in the world” places themes at the centre which are just as controversial as they were over a hundred years ago. The first world fair opened in 1851 in the legendary Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. Since then it has developed to become a historic spectacle centring on national achievements, visions and ideologies. The arts also always played an important role in these massive events which still take place today in ever more extravagant form. Artists and their works appear equally as ambassadors and propagandists, as free-spirited actors and instrumentalized representatives of their nations. With powerful imagery and in a dense atmosphere, this double exhibition will resurrect five sample expos simultaneously with the Kunstmuseum Ahlen. Contemporary artists place the absorbing themes in contemporary contexts and pose questions as to the function of art in society.
With artistic contributions a.o. by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Tim Berresheim, Robert Breer, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Robert Delaunay, E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), Angela Fette, Nikolaus Gansterer, Konsortium (Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag, Guido Münch), Hugo Kükelhaus, Heinz Mack, Katja Novitskova, Otto Piene, Yvonne Roeb, Rob Voerman. Curated by Friederike Fast in cooperation with Thomas Schriefers.

4 October 2018, 19:00
Today, changed political providences are a challenge to postcolonial and poststructuralist theory. Much of what had long been the target of emancipatory, left-wing critique is now also being co-opted by nationalist-authoritarian movements; thus not only the political left, but also right-wing populists criticize neoliberalism, capitalism, and globalization and employ key concepts of French Theory, like deconstruction and simulation, to consolidate their power. Against this background, cultural scholars ask how they can defend the achievements of poststructuralism and its questioning of hegemonic truths.
In correlation with the keynote lecture by political theorist Chantal Mouffe on Agonistic Democracy and Left Populism artist Nikolaus Gansterer will do a live Translecture performance. Further contributions Eyal Weizman, Omer Fast, Helmuth Lethen. An event (4 - 6 Oct) at HKW - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin organised by the Graduiertenkolleg "Das Reale in der Kultur der Moderne" under the direction of Albrecht Koschorke in cooperation with Karin Harrasser. Free admission.

27 September - 15 December 2018


On Tuesday, 25 September 25, 2018, 19:00 opening of Gallery Crone Side - a new temporary project space for contemporary art at the former airport Tempelhof, Tempelhofer Damm 2, 12101 Berlin. Featured artist: Emmanuel Bornstein, Carola Dertnig, Nikolaus Gansterer, Monika Grzymala, Tobias Hoffknecht, Erez Israeli, Christine Sun Kim, Clemens Krauss, Daniel Lergon, Constantin Luser, Thomas Mader, Peter Miller, Robert Muntean, Rudolf Polanszky, Stefan Reiterer, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Markus Schinwald, Stephanie Stein, Antony Valerian, Peter Welz, Martha Wilson, Sahar Zukerman.

25 September 2018, 18:30
The artists in residency at WIELS - Centre for Contemprary Art Brussels this second semester will introduce themselves through a series of short presentations, in the presence of artists mentors Sylvie Eyberg, Willem Oorebeek and Simon Thompson. This evening will be the opportunity to meet Siminikiwe Buhlungu,
 Hiba Farhat, Nikolaus Gansterer, Oier Iruretagoiena, Marlie Mul, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Markus von Platen, Ula Sickle at the WIELS Auditorium. Free entrance!

22 September +  30 September 2018
Assemble to critically reimagine and reconfigure the departure of James Cook’s Endeavour 250 years ago in two processional performances on the banks of the rivers Thames and Tamar. 'Cook’s New Clothes' is a collaboration between Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Kirill Burlov, Ludovica Fales, Nikolaus Gansterer, Ruby Hoette, Simon Layton, Mo’ong and Keren Ruki. These international artists invite you to join them in a series of events within a public procession carried by music, regalia, dance, drawings and spoken words. 
On 22 September, 11:30 - 14:00: The gathering of returns for Tupaia (Cook's navigator) in a first procession begins in the Queen’s House at the Maritime Museum, London, SE10 9NF, after a performance lecture Stubb’s Dingo by Jessyca Hutchens and Tamara Murdock.
On 30 September, 2018. 14:30 - 16:30: Activation of the installation in a second procession at the departure place of the Endeavour at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP. The video and mixed media installation is part of The Atlantic exhibition and will be accessible till October 21st, 2018.

19 September - 20 October 2018
CrossSections_Intervals is the last and conclusive exhibition of a trilogy which started with CrossSections_Potentials and continued with CrossSections_Intensities at Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna. In this exhibition, the cumulative interdisciplinary input and data as the result of the process of the project is being transformed and translated to different kinds of narration and documentation as a set of intervals. They will serve as sources and potentials for other future implementations and articulations of the project. CrossSections is designed as an interdisciplinary platform for explorations into artistic research, dialogue, and production. The project employs an open format and curatorial model to reflect upon “process” with the intent to share and articulate diverse critical reactions and collective strategies in the context of art. Artists: Heba Y. Amin, Nisrine Boukrari, Benji Boyadgian, Yane Calovski, Ramesch Daha, Ricarda Denzer, Nikolaus Gansterer, Inma Herrera, Barbara Holub, Otto Karvonen, Ebru Kurbak, Bronwyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, Behzad K. Noori, Egle Oddo, Isa Rosenberger, Lina Selander, Tamsin Snow, Timo Tuhkanen. Curated by Basak Senova.

15 September - 24 November 2018
The group exhibition, ‘Between the Visible and the Invisible’ at Maraya Art Centre, in Sharjah, United Arabic Emirates is featuring the works of artists Pia Sandstrom, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Chooc Ly Tan, Nikolaus Gansterer, Leah Fusco, Vladimir Nikolic and Oliver Ressler. The exhibition refers to innovative forms of artistic practice in relation to memory, time and space – a moment when nothing is certain, concrete or stable; and how artistic practice could capture this sense of being ‘in-between’. All the artwork included refers to temporality, to something that is about to happen which is not present or visible yet, to a potential to become something else. The show is organised around three thematics: Disappearance, Suspension and Becoming. ‘Disappearance’ focuses on the ephemerality of recorded memory via sound or image; ‘Suspension’ expresses a presence that is invisible yet substantive, thinkable through feelings, and ‘Becoming' concerns the mediation between bodily drawings and the cohabitation in holding a certain space through limited time. Following the exhibitions’ opening, there will be a public talk with the curator Azadeh Fatehrad and the artist Nikolaus Gansterer on Wednesday 17 October in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai at 18:30, and a Curator Tour in Maraya Art Centre on Sunday 19 October at 14:00 by the curator Azadeh Fatehrad.

7 - 9  September 2018
The Panopticon, A Performance Affair’s first edition, transforms the  Vanderborght Building (
Schildknaapstraat, 50 rue de l’Ecuyer, Brussels) into an immersive space for three days of performances in collaboration with the Brussels Gallery Weekend. Inspired by the notion of the Panopticon and the building’s unique architecture, continuous and overlapping performance works by international artists will be presented throughout the dynamic venue. Selected by a highlevel committee APA is presenting a myriad of performances for sale by emerging and mid-career artists, such as Bruce Nauman, Philippe Parreno, Greg Finger, Alice Anderson, Elena Bajo, Sanna Helena Berger, Julien Bismuth, Anna Byskov & Lidwine Prolonge, Jeremiah Day, Lieven De Boeck, Marijke De Roover, Carole Douillard, Tim Etchells, Nikolaus Gansterer, Ariadna Guiteras, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Marc Leschelier, Emily Perry, Candida Powell-Williams, Mireia Saladrigues, Sarah & Charles, Flore Saunois, Sarah Trouche, Joris Van de Moortel, Laurence Vauthier. Free admisssion! Download full catalogue here.

7 September, 13:00 + 8 September 2018, 20:00,    
Screening of the video "Figuring Vitality", (2015) by Nikolaus Gansterer at the Best Austrian Animation film programme in the framework of Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria at Moviemento Kino. Admission free!

1 July - 31 December  2018


For a six month work period Nikolaus Gansterer is artist in residence at WIELS - Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels supported by the Austrian Arts Council researching on new modes and forms of translational processes. Upcoming presentations of the research in progress to be announced.

08 July - 15 October 2018

"THE LONG NOW - Reflexions on time and transcience"
Time proves itself as a noticeably open and undefined variable, which for instance is perceived completely different when experienced subjectively or measured with a timepiece instead. Polarities such as steadiness and unsteadiness, acceleration and deceleration as well as immediacy, duration and transience are crucial categories. The exhibition "The Long Now assembles 20 contemporary, artistic positions in the lounge area of me Collectors Room Stiftung Olbricht Berlin, with which a variety of approaches towards time come into effect, either regarding our concept of time or the perception and visualisation of time. With works by Malte Bartsch, Christiane Baumgartner, Roland Boden, Maurits Boettger, Daniel Burkhardt, Mark Formanek, Nikolaus Gansterer, Dafna Gazit, Christoph Girardet, Lukas Grundmann, Timo Klos, Simona Koch, Vera Lossau,  Zhenia Couso Martell, Lilla von Puttkamer, Otto Reitsperger, Johanna Reich,  Hans-Christian Schink, Katrin Wegemann, Michael John Whelan. Curated by Reinhard Buskies.

30 June 2018
A translecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer in the framework of the Parallel-Parasite Project at ZSenne ArtLab, Brussels. With contributions by Veridiana Zurita, Adva Zakai , Sofia Caesar, Sara Manente, Marialena Merouda, Sina Seifee, Adrijana Gvozdenovic, Eleanor Weber, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Eric Thielemans, Nikolaus Gansterer, Alex Arteaga, Pieter Vermeulen, Nico Dockx, Femke Snelting, Martino Morandi, Sher Doruff. Curated by Lilia Mestre.

8 + 9 June 2018
“How can we attend to the process of artistic sense-making from within or inside, that affective realm of energies, emergences and intensities operat­ing before, between, and below the more readable ges­tures of artistic practice? How can we develop systems of notation and performativity for sharing this often hidden or undisclosed aspect of the creative process, for communicating the experience with others?” “Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line” is an artistic research project involving key researchers writer-artist Emma Cocker, artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer and dancer-choreographer Mariella Greil, working with others including artist-researcher Alex Arteaga. In this performance lecture at Salon für Ästhetische Experimente, the researchers draw on their publication “Choreo-graphic Figures” as a ‘score’, performing their findings and reflections as live event. Here
Alexander Damianisch, Head of Research at The University of Applied Arts Vienna, will act as a respondent in the follow on conversation. An interdisciplinary workshop will give deeper insight into “Choreo-graphic Figures”, introducing practices of attention, conversation and notation for making tangible the barely perceptible micro-movements at the cusp of awareness within artistic process.

Performance Lecture: 8 June 2018, 6-9pm, Universität der Künste, Room 101 (Alte Bibliothek), Hardenbergstraße 33, 10623 Berlin.
Workshop: 9 June 2018, 1-5pm, HZT - Hochschulzentrum Tanz, Uferstudios, Studio 11, Uferstraße 8/23, 13357 Berlin. Admission free.
The Salon für Ästhetische Experimente is a cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and co-funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin.

7 June - 20 July 2018

Systems of prediction boom in times of political uncertainty and neo-liberal efficiency optimisation, presenting a means of determining future developments. Digitalisation, data mining and processes accelerating in the direction of singularity promise a more efficient, secure future through quantification, including calculation and forecast systems. The works shown in the exhibition examine this constantly shifting zone between self-determination and external domination, to make visible the associated systems of power and disempowerment. To what extent are forecasts fetishised and instrumentalised, predictability invoked and what consequences are to be expected, when regimes of prediction determine our lives, when we become datasets in an algorithmically pre-emptive determined system?
On the 7th of June opening of the group show Regime der Vorhersage at Galerie Weisser Elefant, in Berlin with work by Bernd Hopfengärtner & Ludwig Zeller, Esther Hovers, Nikolaus Gansterer, llona Gaynor, Noriko Okaku, Ulrich Nausner, Arnold Reinthaler, Sebastian Schmieg & Silvio Lorusso, Lina Theodorou, Pinar Yoldas. Curated by Sabine Winkler.

25 May - 20 July 2018

On 24th of May 2018 at 6.00 pm festive opening of a group exhibition with work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Jason Gringler, Katharina Hinsberg, Rebecca Horn, Christine Odlund, Arnulf Rainer, Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Bernardi Roig, Giuseppe Stampone at Gallery Marie-Laure Fleisch, in Brussels, Belgium.

22 May 2018, 18:30
At the occasion of the finissage of the exhibition "Con-notations" at Villa Arson, Nice the artist Nikolaus Gansterer will be in conversation with Sophie Orlando and Katrin Ströbel, curators of the exhibition and Benjamin Laugier, curator at the New National Museum, Monaco.
Admission free.

19 - 21 May 2018
The cross disciplinary art project Crosss-sections will launch a series of public presentations and artist talks by Behzad Khosravi Noori, Benji Boyadgian, Egle Oddo, Inma Herrera, Isa Rosenberger, Lina Selander, Nikolaus Gansterer, Tamsin Snow, Otto Karvonen and Timo Tuhkanen at Ex Lab, Helsinki. Curated by Basak Senova.

6 May - 16 September 2018

In 2018, coal production will cease in Germany, marking the end of an important industrial sector that has shaped the Ruhr Valley more than any other cultural region for more than 150 years. Seventeen museums in thirteen cities throughout the Ruhr Valley have taken the fossil-fuel phase-out as an occasion to present the transregional art project "Kunst & Kohle" featuring works by both emerging and established artists focusing on themes revolving around coal and mining. The exhibition project is accompanied by an extensive publication, released by Wienand Verlag, Cologne. Nikolaus Gansterer will contribute to the exhibition "The Battle of Coal" taking place at Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl together with artists Colleen Alborough, Janet Biggs, Danica Dakic, Mikhail Karikis, Antonia Low, Moritz Fehr, Denise Ritter, Jeremy Deller, Julius Schulze Farwick, Olav Westphalen, Andreas Siekmann, David Zink-Yi.

18 April 2017, 13:00 - 16:00


Basak Senova, initiator of CrossSections Project in discussion with artist Nikolaus Gansterer: How to do things with lines and what do lines do with you? Drawing between the lines of connection, lines of distinction, lines of deviation. In this session, Basak Senova, the curator of the project will first introduce and briefly talk about the research strains and the structure of the project. Then, she will have a discussion with Nikolaus Gansterer, one of the participating artists of the project, by navigating through his practice. The discussion will focus on the links between drawing, thinking and action, accordingly, Gansterer will give insight in recent research and exhibition projects and his understanding of the notion of expanded drawing. A Higher Seminar at Konstfack Stockholm, Sweden.

12 April  - 11 May 2018
Choreo-graphic Figures is part of a multi-layered open-ended exhibition format with publications and film screenings providing insights into current projects of Art & Research at the University of Applied Arts Vienna about transforming understanding, understanding transformation and the development of the relations beyond. Based on projects with a focal point on artistic research activities, the Angewandte offers an overview of possible positions and illuminates current research perspectives at DSA Gallery at Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand. Curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch, Barbara Putz-Plecko.

17 - 20 March 2018
The March Meeting 2018 at
the Sharjah Art Institute, in the United Arab Emirates explores issues of resistance through consideration of organising as a primary act of and condition for artistic and cultural production. Over three days, the meeting will provide an opportunity to collectively examine practices in art, writing, film, music, performance and architecture that extend and intensify engagement with present and past knowledges of resistance. How do questions of organising enable us to conceptualise resistance as not only a practice of ‘standing against’ but also one of ongoing exchange and future planning? How might such thinking help us reassess art’s relationship to notions of authorship, agency, power and the public? Nikolaus Gansterer was invited by curator Claire Tancons to join the MM 2018 in preparation for the upcoming 14th Sharjah Art Biennial in 2019.

14 - 16 March 2018
In a three day conference at
University Pompeu Fabra organized by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) Nikolaus Gansterer will join a group of invited writers, artists and researchers founding the first SAR-Academy in Barcelona, Spain. The Academy brings together a specially invited group of international artists/scholars, involved with and dedicated to research in the arts, from different disciplines and with different backgrounds (and opinions) to discuss the current questions and issues related to artistic research with reference to the thematics of Epistemology; Artefacts; Methodologies; Modes of Language. Participants include: Alexander Artega, Arno Böhler, Henk Borgdorff, Eivind Buene, Andrea Braidt, Po Capdevila, Marcel Cobussen, Emma Cocker, Darla Crispin, Alexander Damianisch, Florian Dombois, Nikolaus Gansterer, Johanna Garpe, Johan Haarberg, Kristina Ilmonen, Esa Kirkkopelto, Alice Lagaay, Deniz Peters, Lucia Rainer, Leen Rouhiainen, Giaco Schiesser, Gabriele Schmid, Michael Schwab, Geir Strøm, Gerard Vilar, Janneke Wesseling.

9 March - 27 May 2018

How to perceive one reality through another? Deeply interested in the fundamental translational processes of human sense-making with all senses Nikolaus Gansterer questions how these immanent and situative constructions of meaning could be notated and 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. In collaboration with Sophie Orlando and Katrin Ströbel and invited guests Nikolaus Gansterer will further explore the notion of con-notation. The fragile artefacts created during his research residency along with recent work of Nikolaus Gansterer will be accessible in the extensive exhibition "Con-notations" at Centre d'art of Villa Arson, in Nice, France which will open on the 9th of March 2018 together with a retrospective of work by Gianfranco Baruchello curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication: "Con-notation, Nikolaus Gansterer", the online version can be downloaded here.

21 - 25 February 2018


Works by Emmanuel Bornstein, Hanne Darboven, Nikolaus Gansterer, Channa Horwitz, Peter Jellitsch, Clemens Krauss, Constantin Luser, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Antony Valerian, Lawrence Weiner are presented by Galerie Crone at Booth 9B12, at Arco Art Fair in Madrid, Spain.

10 February 2018, 11:00 - 18:00

"ON ENCLOSED SPACES AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS II – Invisible transformations in the Anthropocene"
We live in an age in which human activity has a profound impact on our physical and ecological surroundings. Nevertheless, these transformations often go unseen – they are literally too large or small for our senses and imagination to take in, despite the fact that we have appropriate measuring instruments. How can we create stories, aesthetics, and spaces of experience to deal with this situation reflexively and critically? And in the theatre, how can we focus attention on the many non-human actors and factors that play a role? Looking for answers, David Weber-Krebs and Jeroen Peeters make a variety of hybrid artistic and theoretical interventions resonate with one another in a performative setting. A seven hour durational piece at Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium conceived by Jeroen Peeters & David Weber-Krebs with René ten Bos, Augusto Corrieri, Axel Dörner, Mette Edvardsen, Bryana Fritz, Nikolaus Gansterer, Anne Juren, Michael Marder, and Stefanie Wenner.

12 January 2018, 18:00

At the finissage of the exhibtion “ba ≠ b+a: 10 years MUSA” at MUSA museum Vienna, Austria artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer and sound-poet Jörg Piringer will stage their performance "Entwurf einer erweiterten Grammatik des Kontinuums" on Friday 12th of January 2018 at 18:00. Free admission. Curated by Franz Thalmair.

10 - 20 January 2018

The "CrossSections" project focuses on artistic research, dialogue, and production and follows an open format to reflect upon “process”. Over the course of two years (2017–2018), with the participation of 19 artists, diverse scholars and cultural workers, a range of various meetings, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and talks will be held in three cities: Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm. The project is continuously being shaped and developed through the accumulation of artistic input and discussions over time."CrossSections_Potentials" is the first of three exhibitions that will be shown at Kunsthalle Exnergasse,Vienna, Austria as parts of this project, in 2018.

Participating artists: Heba Y. Amin, Yane Calovski, Ramesch Daha, Ricarda Denzer, Nikolaus Gansterer, Barbara Holub, Otto Karvonen, Bronwyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, Isa Rosenberger, Lina Selander, Tamsin Snow.
Curated by Basak Senova, in partnership with: Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria; iaspis; Konstfack - University of Arts and The Nordic Art Association, Stockholm; Nya Småland, Sweden; HIAP -  and University of the Arts Helsinki and Press to Exit, Skopje, Macedonia.

11 December 2017

The Doctoral Programme at Uniarts Helsinki organizes an annual artistic research meeting with a multifaceted program including talks, panel discussions, workshops, and project presentations by international researchers and artists. On Monday 11.12.2017 professor Alex Arteaga in collaboration with artist-researcher Nikolaus Gansterer will host a one day workshop on “Practices of notation – Practices of reflection”. This workshop introduces a methodical framework for inquiry into notational practices and their reflection. The workshop is accompanied by a public discussion at Exhibition Laboratory gallery in Helsinki, Finland.

1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018

"CON-NOTATIONS - research residency"
During his research residency at Villa Arson, in Nice, France, Nikolaus Gansterer plans to develop a series of works that explore processes of perception and cognition where in-scription and trans-scription fuse with drawing and writing that stage the unfolding of embodied diagrams. In his diagrams 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 "practices of con-notation" are performed and rendered tangible. Therefore, Gansterer will collaborate with a group of invited guests to further explore the notion of con-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. Invited by Katrin Ströbel and Sophie Orlando.

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 Centre d'art of Villa Arson, which will open together with a retrospective of work by Gianfranco Baruchello curated by Nicolas Bourriaud on the 9th of March, 2018 (running till 27th of  May 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. On Thursday  30.11.2017, 12 – 13 Uhr Nikolaus Gansterer will give an artist talk “Performance for Lunch” in relation to an art work exhibited in the ongoing presentation "The Show Must Go On" moderated by Sibylle Omlin and Kathleen Böhler, curator for contemporary art, at Kunstmuseum Bern.

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