Objects Yet To Become
Nikolaus Gansterer develops a series of situative and speculative objects titled "Objects Yet To Become (2016-) that challenge visitors and passers-by to participate in actions. With simple instructions for such actions – lasting from a few seconds up to a few minutes – the audience is invited to real-ize and per-form them in public or private spaces.
By directly addressing an "affective Other" the artist is interested in how an object could be extended along the categories of time and space, movement and imagination: how, for example, a line of thought might become a line in space; a line verbalized, be activated by the whole body, becoming a "time-based object in the making – full of potentialities".
These fragile choreographic scores stand for Gansterer’s consistent development of a performative grammar and a specific language of the materiality of perception; as well as a playful way of reflecting upon the imaginary boundary between thought and matter, between artist, audience and art work.
OBJECTS YET TO BECOME #1
Take a long silver string.
Follow it until you fall into a sudden deep sleep.
When waking up, tie the string to the bottom of your memory.
OBJECTS YET TO BECOME #2
Choose two things you wish to connect with.
Reach out until you get in touch. Feel their materiality.
Mediate between them for a while till they coalesce.
Then swallow them.
OBJECTS YET TO BECOME #3
Find yourself a distinctive corner.
Observe the shadows passing by.
Carefully fill the corner with a gentle murmur.
Stop before it spills over and head off.
OBJECTS YET TO BECOME #4
Focus all your attention on one point.
Start compressing time there
till there’s an abrupt implosion.
Collect all the swirling dust and keep it warm.
OBJECTS YET TO BECOME #5
Start circling with your attention slowly.
Like a spiral. Like a whirlwind.
Delirious like a hurricane.
Up till the space around you becomes a void.
Filled with curiosity.
A series of text and drawings with instructions for taking action, in variable dimensions, on various materials. Ongoing series since 2016.
A limited edition of postcards is available.
Exhibited in the frame work of:
– Drawing Praxis, Gallery Marie-Laure Fleisch, Brussels. 9 March - 1 April 2017
– Lightness and Matter. Matter and Lightness, at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich Vienna, Austria. 19 January - 16 April 2017
– Proxemia - Another Co-Creation of Space (together with Monika Grzymala) at Gallery Crone, Vienna, Austria. 20 October - 19 November 2016
– In der Kubatur des Kabinetts: Get Involved, Be Involved at Kunstsalon Fluc, Praterstern, Vienna, Austria. 19 October - 20 November 2016.