19 - 22 May 2017
The inter-symposium "Along Lines" – a hybrid of conference and exhibition – brings together around 40 artists, musicians, philosophers, scientists, archaeologists, and other researchers to reflect on the line as a very basic visual element and medium of knowledge. Taking it as a symbolic as well as analytical instrument the symposium at Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, in Lithuania presents different strategies to sketch and connect through methods of mapping, walking, recording etc. With contributions by ao. Awst & Walther, Zbyněk Baladrán, Vitalij Červiakov, Nikolaus Gansterer, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Lina Lapelytė, Karen O'Rourke, Marcus Steinweg, Jessica Warboys. Curated by Thomas Thiel & Vytautas Michelkevičius.

5 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00
Public presentation of a series of new publications discussing the critical role of documenting and publishing in the context of artistic research with invited guests and authors ao. Alex Arteaga, Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil, Lilia Mestre at AILab – Angewandte Innovation Lab, Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria. The new publication Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will be launched aswell as the brand new second edition of Drawing  a Hypothesis – Figures of Thought. Both books are available to purchase here!

28 & 29 April 2017


On Saturday 29 April 2017, 14:15 - 17:15 in the section: “Figuring the Body”, Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will present a performative paper “On Qualitative Specificity (How-ness) within Artistic Research” at the 8th International Conference on Artistic Research at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Based on their brand new publication “Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line" published by DeGruyter, 2017 the ongoing research project stages a beyond-disciplinary, inter-subjective encounter between the lines of choreography, drawing and writing, for exploring the specific 'how-ness' — the qualitative-processual, aesthetic-epistemological and ethico-empathetic dynamics — within shared artistic exploration, directing attention to an affective realm of forces and intensities existing before, between and beneath the more readable gestures of artistic practice.


23 March  - 17 September 2017

The group exhibition “Bird's-Eye Vienna” takes a glance on historical and contemporary practices of mapping the city of Vienna at Wien Museum, Austria. Curated by Sándor Békési and Elke Doppler.

9 March - 1 April 2017


Opening of a group exhibition with work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Katharina Hinsberg, Alain Huck, Andrea Mastrovito at Gallery Marie-Laure Fleisch, Brussels, in Belgium.

27 February - 3 March 2017


A workshop and lecture by Nikolaus Gansterer at Villa Arson, in Nice, France organized by artist Katrin Ströbel. In the last years Nikolaus Gansterer developed inter- and trans-subjective forms of notation between the lines of drawing, choreo-graphy and performance. The artist is interested how phenomena of perception could be notated along the categories of time and space, movement and imagination. At Villa Arson Nikolaus Gansterer gives an practical introduction into tactics of materialisation of processes of perception where in-scription and trans-scription is fusing with live-drawing and writing, staging the unfolding of embodied diagrams.

19 January - 31 March 2017


On the 19th of January 2017 between 17:00-20:00 festive opening of the solo exhibition by Nikolaus Gansterer at Sotheby's Vienna, Palais Wilczek, Herrengasse 5, Stair #1, 2nd Floor, 1010, Vienna, Austria.

19 January - 16 April 2017


A permutational group exhibition in two parts (opening part 1 on 19 January and opening part 2 on 16 February 2017) by the Institute for Transmedia Arts at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich Vienna, Austria.

The term transmediality signifies that media can be viewed as diverse, incomplete, and interwoven. This openness of media implies that a multitude of possibilities can be called upon. Furthermore, transmediality rejects strict borders between different disciplines in the visual arts while encouraging transdisciplinary approaches – for example, overlaps and tangents with the sciences, technology, or philosophy. With contributions by former and current students and teaching artists of the Institute for Transmedia Arts a.o.Thomas Albdorf, Stefan Arztmann, Diana Barbosa Gil, Fritz Biedermann, Ida Böttger, Karolin Brägger, Katrina Daschner, Hermanus De Jongh, Živa Drvarič, Romana Egartner, Tobias Ehrhardt, Christian Eisenberger, Samuel Ekeh, Bob Erpelding, Max Frey, Peter Fritzenwallner, Florinda Fürst, Nikolaus Gansterer,  Martin Grandits, Xaver Gschnitzer, Flora Hauser, Valentin Hessler, Thomas Hitchcock, Clemens Hubinger, Thekla Kaischauri, Alexander Kasses, Lukas Maria Kaufmann, Sebastian Köck & Magdalena Forster, Oliver Kowacz, Brigitte Kowanz, Peter Kozek, Krüger & Pardeller, Gašper Kunšič, Suzie Léger, Wolfgang Lehrner, Paul Leitner, Alfred Lenz, Ernst Logar, Constantin Luser, Alexander Martinz, Lukas Matuschek, Martina Menegon, Milan Mladenovic, Julie Monaco, Leo Münch, Wolfgang Obermair, Niki Passath, Tobias Pilz, Leonhard Prochazka, Ulla Rauter, Marie Reichel,  Barbis Ruder, Martin Schlögl, Björn Segschneider, Darja Shatalova, Marianne Stalhös, Sarah Steiner, Lisa Truttman, Alireza Toghiyani, Anna Vasof, André Wagner, Marit Wolters, Suchart Wannaset, Anna Zilahi, Anna Zwingl. Curated by Peter Kozek and Brigitte Kowanz.

17 December 2016, 13:00
Paradoxa is an artistic research laboratory for designing a potential space that surveys the current categories of representations and perceptual patterns, thus generating possible other encounters between people, material and immaterial phenomena. In this our unlimited world of limits, with our wishes, desires and fears, in the attempt to perceive and recognise the various "status quo", Paradoxa invites artists and agents from the artistic field with their works, traces, documents, experiences and knowledge to an each six hour session, on different days into the studios, the library or bar of TQW-Tanzquartier Wien, to create a non-place of different zones, layers, conversations, actions and reflections. Invited guests ao.  Nikolaus Gansterer, Andreas Spiegl, Helmut Ploebst. Initiated by Jack Hauser & Sabina Holzer. Admission free.

25 + 26 November 2016

A workshop-conference on “Artist-Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based-Research“ at AILab Vienna, Austria. With contributions by Jens Badura, Arno Boehler , Kathrin Busch, Corpus Kollektiv, Alexander Damianisch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Mariella Greil, Anke Haarmann, Walter Heun, Alice Koubova, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alice Lagaay, Dieter Mersch, Sandra Noeth, Veronika Reichl, Anton Rey, Peter Starner, Elisabeth Schäfer, Michael Schwab, Alice Pechriggl, Helmut Ploebst.


20 October - 19 November 2016


Nikolaus Gansterer and Monika Grzymala will join forces for their upcoming exhibition Proxemia – Another Co-creation of Space at Gallery Crone Vienna, Austria. The two artists will turn the gallery into an experimental set up in order to initiate a non-verbal dialogue where space is mapped and decoded as social, physical and psychological construction. With regard to explore spatiality per se and to co-create new work, Gallery Crone, Vienna 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, the gallery space and the visitors of exhibition. The exhibition will be opened on the 20th of October, 19:00. On the 18th of November 2016 the show will be concluded with an artist talk by Monika Grzymala and Nikolaus Gansterer in conversation with philosopher Arno Boehler at the gallery starting at 18:00.

19 October, 21:00 - 20 November 2016
Opening of the group exhibition "Get Involved, Be Involved"  with focus on direct urbanism at Kunstsalon Fluc, Praterstern, 1020 Vienna, Austria. With work and site specific interventions by Fabiana Faleiros, Nikolaus Gansterer, Manuel Gorkiewicz, Katharina Gruzei, Katrin Hornek, Elvedin Klacar, Johann Lurf, Lazar Lyutakov, Female Obesession, Ben Pointeker, Marusa Sagadin, Luiz Roque, Voin De Voin, Kay Walkowiak, Anna Witt, Ina Wudtke. Curated by Ursula Maria Probst.

11 October 2016, 19:00


"Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet" is the third in a series of exhibitions and publication based on a wide-reaching research about writing with the title "Possible Content for 18 Pages", curated by Franz Thalmair. The original typewritten manuscript of Vilem Flussers essay "The Gesture of Writing" provides the thematic and formal-aesthetic foundation for reflecting the act of writing at the intersection of linguistic, visual, physical and spatial communication. With contributions by Irma Blank, Daniel Gustav Cramer & Haris Epaminonda, Alejandro Cesarco, Natalie Czech, Agnes Fuchs & Thomas Freiler, Nikolaus Gansterer, Charles Gute, Michalis Pichler, Rafael Rozendaal, Oliver Ruf. The book was edited by Franz Thalmair and is available via Revolver Publishing, Berlin. The publication will be launched with a performance, and a public talk starting at 19:00 with Lois Bartel: Reading Space followed by a discussion by Michael Kargl, Claudia Slanar, Franz Thalmair on Performative Research at Institute for Site-Specific Art, Paulusplatz 5, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

6 October - 26 October 2016


Opening performance on the 6th of October at 19:30 by Nikolaus Gansterer, Uli Kühn and Lissie Rettenwander at the group exhibition and experimental laboratory at AILab, Vienna, Austria. A discursive group show on lightnings, electrical discharges, fulgurites – from historic electric machines and Tesla coils to contemporary artistic work. . With contributions by Gerald Bast, Florian Bettel, Chris Burden, Roland David, Laura Egger-Karlegger, Judith Fegerl, Brigitte Felderer, Nikolaus Gansterer, Anna Jordan, kabru, Katrin Kober, Uli Kühn, Stephan Pack, Maria Mäser, David Moises, Sarah Podbelsek, Lissie Rettenwander, August Ruhs, Jakob Scheid, Tatia Skhirtladze, Ernst Strouhal, Alexander Trnka, Christian Vergeiner, Bernhard Weingartner, Karl Wratschko, Robert Zimmermann. Curated by Christoph Kaltenbrunner und Katrin Nora Kober.

6 October 2016, 17:00
In the autumn of 2016, the five first candidates will begin their PhD projects within the newly launched artistic research PhD programme at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. At the event SUPER VISION, the new colleagues (Michael Kargl, Ralo Mayer, Marie-Claude Poulin, Katarina Šoškić, Anna Vasof) will share their visions as outlined in their respective research proposals and give some insight into the reason behind their aim to start the artistic research project. The event will also include a conversation between the candidates, the inaugural guest professor Nikolaus Gansterer and Henk Borgdorff (President of the Society for Artistic Research), lead by Alexander Damianisch (head of Zentrum Fokus Forschung) at Zentrum Fokus Forschung, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Download the invitation here.

17 September - 15 October 2016

The starting point of the project is the use of a shipping container which is encapsulated with a reflective surface. The container serves as a installation and is gradually transforming into an open platform for a wider number of public events. The joint organizers Sariev Contemporary, Open Arts Foundation and FLUC Vienna will invigorate the FLUCA_AUSTRIAN CULTURAL PAVILION in the public space of Otets Paisiy street, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with an exchange program by Bulgarian and Austrian artists throughout the summer. With contributions by Catrin Bolt, Fabiana Faleiros, Nikolaus Gansterer, Katharina Gruzei, Katrin Hornek, Anna Jermolaewa, Suzie Leger, Sonia Leimer, Johann Lurf, Luisa Kasalicky & Sigfried Zaworka, Elevin Klacar, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Female Obsession, Ben Pointeker, Barbis Ruder, Marusa Sagadin, tat ort (Alexandra Berlinger, Wolfgang Fiel), Kay Walkowiak, Ina Wudtke. Curated by Ursula Maria Probst. Produced by BKA & the Embassy of Austria in Bulgaria.

15 September - 29 October 2016 

On 14 September 2016, at 7 pm opening of the group show Antenna Futura at KEX - Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, Austria. The exhibition convenes contemporary artistic positions that explore a realistic-imminent or a phantastic-distant future. Scientific contributions and workshops on the topic will take place in the framework of the exhibition. In this way Antenna Futura responds to a highly complex and informationally baroque present whose future and potentials seem impervious. In the interplay between different positions and formats Antenna Futura unfolds a soothsaying, inquiring, and fabulating domain in the unknown. Inspired by the setting of a wunderkammer, the exhibition and laboratory are complemented by everyday curiosities and bizarre research objects. Antenna Futura is an exercise in thinking and phantasising about the future to focus on a present yet to be shaped.
With: Anna Artaker & Meike S. Gleim, Charlotte Bonjour, Fuchs Borst, Christian Diaz Orejarena, Marjolijn Dijkmann, Esel durch Wiederholung, Judith Fegerl, Thomas Feuerstein, Nikolaus Gansterer, Lola Göller, Julie Hayward, Martin Kohout, Linda Kuhn, Sara Lehn, Ralo Mayer, Björn Melhus, David Moises, Julian Röder, Till Ronacher, Betti Scholz & Caroline Ruijgrok, Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, Magda Tothova. Curated by Claudia Dorfmüller, Lola Göller, and Bettina Scholz.

12 + 13 and 19 September 2016


On 12th and 13th of September two sound performances with The Vegetable Orchestra at Theater am Spittelberg, Vienna in Austria. On the 19th of September, 18:00 a sound performance by The Vegetable Orchestra in the frame of the exhibition Parkomania at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Bonn in Germany.

30 - 31 August 2016
“Tarantallegra” means ‘dancing feet spell’, a charm that induces another person’s legs to dance uncontrollably.
In 2016 the Research Academy at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) interrogates the affordances of language in the context of making performance. How do we set someone creatively ‘in motion’ through words? How are words able to get in touch with the body? How are they used to stimulate creative processes? When we say “Could you please pass me the sugar?” in the context of the everyday we expect someone will pick up the sugar and hand it to us. But other translations are possible in art. The question is then: How can we use language in another way? What kind of speech-acts might be useful? How can language as a stimulus, trigger, inducer, instigator (or spell) be used to generate performative acts in dance and theatre? Additionally, what various modes and registers of language might be used for reflecting artistic processes? And would this interact with the use of language as performative generator? What is this relationship and how do artists move between these kinds of language? It is across this landscape of relations that we intend to put forward our main questions: What else can language do, when language is itself taken as a practice? Nikolaus Gansterer, Constanze Schellow, Martin Grödl and Moritz Resl were invited to present and discuss recent research material with Karin Harrasser and Scott deLahunta and the participants at the public colloquium on 30th of August 2016 at 17:30 at Theater der Künste, Blackbox 1, Gessnerallee 9, Zurich, Switzerland. Organized by Julia Wehren and Gunter Lösel, directed by Scott deLahunta and Karin Harrasser.

26 August - 11 September 2016

Opening of the group exhibition "Marseille Résonance" at MuCEM - Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) Marseilles, France with performances and installations by Elio Martusciello, Nikolaus Gansterer (in collaboration with Lilia Mestre and Stefan Geissler), Karim Dridi, Younes Baba-Ali (in collaboration with Anna Raimondo), Erdem Helvacioglu. Curated by Samar Khedy.

11 July - 14 August 2016


This year’s Summer Lab of the artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line - by artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil and writer-artist Emma Cocker – will take place in collaboration with AILab and ImPulsTanz Festival. Working in dialogue with “the sputniks” Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Christine de Smedt and special guests, the focus for this Lab is on the choreo-graphic qualities of translational processes, shifts of attention, and modes of language. Evolving previous research around notation and radical scores of attention and embodied diagrams, the project focus now turns towards experimental forms of publication, explored through a series of public openings in various formats including lectures, workshops, and performances:

Two special intensives are scheduled and opened to a limited number of participants: Intensive I (Shifts of Attention: vigilance, engagement and translational processes) on 23.7. + 24.7.2016 and Intensive II (Modes of Languages: words as material) on 30.7. + 31.7.2016. Participation in both sessions is suggested, but not mandatory! Please make your booking via Impulstanz workshop buero!

On Friday 22 July at 18:00 our two special guests of Intensive I will give public lectures at AILab: Dieter Mersch (“Figuration/Defiguration. On the dialectics of”Choreo-Graphy”) and P. A. Skantze (“I’m A Strange Kind of In-Between Thing”
). Admission free!

On Friday 29 July at 18:00 our two special guests of Intensive II will give public lectures at AILab: Brandon LaBelle (“This Weakness That I Am”) and Alva Noë (“Writing Ourselves”). Admission free! Both Friday Lectures will be moderated by Chris Standfest in conversation with the team and guests of the Choreo-graphic Figures research project.

On the 2.8. 2016 the Choreo-graphic Figures team (Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil, Emma Cocker, Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Christine de Smedt, Jörg Piringer, Werner Moebius) will premiere the durational performance "Choreo-graphic Figures: Body Diagrams" from 16:00-22:00 at AILab, Vienna, Austria.

10 July - 18 September 2016


Opening of a group show at Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany on Sun 10 July at 12:00 noon by director Georg Elben with work by Otto Boll, Josef Dabernig, Katja Davar, Nikolaus Gansterer, Michael Hakimi, Ernst Hermanns, David Jablonowski, Gudrun Kemsa, Norbert Kricke, Isa Melsheimer, Eduardo Paolozzi, Julius Stahl, Raphaela Vogel, Beny Wagner, Stephan Wiesen.

18 June - 15 August 2016

Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to take part in the upcoming exhibition, symposium and performances around the topic of “Minor gestures and Manufactories of Caring Space-time” at the MSK - Museum for Fine Arts Ghent, Belgium, in collaboration with FRAC Lorraine Metz, France and Fundacio Antoni Tapies Barcelona, Spain. Contributions by Nikolaus Gansterer, Erin Manning, Selma and Sofiane Ouissi – please check detailed opening program here. Two Translecture perfromances by Erin Manning and Nikolaus Gansterer are schedelued: Sat 18 June at 15:30 and Sun 19 June, at 14:00. Curated by Catherine de Zegher.

5 - 9 May 2016

Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to mentor performative interventions in public space together with three emerging artists (Marta Vallejo Herrando, Shaymaa Shoukry, Omar Adel) under the title "The Map Is (Not ) the Territory" for the upcoming performance festival Nassim el Raqs #6 in Alexandria, Egypt. Curated by Emilie Petit, (Momkin - Espaces de Possibles, Marseilles) and supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo.

4 April - 6 April 2016

The symposium “Liquid Identities” at the Institute for Social Design Vienna addresses approaches to human interactions, desires and capacities in respect of contemporary forms of co-existence and urbanity. Three experts with different backgrounds, Alexander Hagner / Buero gaupenraub (architect), Nikolaus Gansterer (artist), Pablo Calderon Salazar (designer) are invited to give input lectures about their approach to creative strategies & practices, which further on are used as a starting point to facilitate workshops inquiring forms of nomadic lifestyles, questions of migration, demands of hyper-flexibility and personalities in the digital age. Hosted by Ruth Mateus-Berr and Martin Färber.

30 March - 3 April 2016

Presentation of work by Nikolaus Gansterer amongst others represented by Gallery Marie-Laure Fleisch at Drawing Now - Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Paris, France.

29 Feb - 12 March 2016


This Spring, the artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker stage an intensive residency laboratory in collaboration with TanzQuartierWien, Vienna, Austria. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Werner Moebius, Joerg Piringer, Christine de Smedt and other guests this research residency focuses on gesturing with and towards the experience of vitality within the process of live exploration, putting epistemologies, relational processes and the potentials of embodiment through diagrammatic practice under scrutiny. All are cordially invited to join the process on 11th March, 2016, 17:00 - 20:00 for the Spring Lab Opening at the residency laboratory at TanzQuartierStudios Wien.

12 - 18 March 2016 


The submissions by the winning artists of the Austrian Graphic Art Competition are shown in a group exhibition at Südtiroler Kulturinstitut in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, 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.

5 January 2016,


Artist talk and lecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer at Villa Arson, Nice, in France for the researchers of École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts organized by Katrin Stroebl. In the last years Nikolaus Gansterer developed a series of performances called Translectures – an inter-subjective form of notation and a new vocabulary between the lines of drawing, choreography and performance. Within this performance lecture format Gansterer is interested how a thought could be extended along the categories of time, space and movement. At Villa Arson Nikolaus Gansterer presents recent projects as examples of a rigorous development of a specific language for the materialisation of thought processes and a playful way of dealing with the complex levels of speculative knowledge. For Gansterer Translectures are an open performative model where live inscription is fusing live-drawing, staging the unfolding of his on-going research through presentation rather than representation.

31 December 2015


‘Notion of Notation > < Notation of Notion’, an article/artists’ pages produced as a collaboration between Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil has been accepted for inclusion in a forthcoming issue of Performance Research, Vol. 20, Issue 6, ‘On An/Notations’, eds. Scott deLahunta, Kim Vincs and Sarah Whatley. Publication date: 31 December 2015. About the issue: ‘On An/notations’ considers the potential of the surface of the page, alongside other surfaces, including the screen, as sites for engaging with and thinking through performance ideas and processes. An annotation at its simplest level is adding information to information using some kind of mark-up language or tools. This issue will seek to engage projects using a wide range of approaches alongside critical reflection to draw out and make explicit research and insights from within the entanglement of sensing, feeling and thinking that is the body-based practitioner's research field.

December 2015

The brand new Gagarin artist magazine is out now. The issue is entirely dedicated to the publication of especially written and unpublished texts by Christina Iglesias, Shreyas Karle, Peter Buggenhout, Nikolaus Gansterer, Diego Tonus, Olafur Eliasson, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Ben Kinmont. Invited and curated by Wilfried Huet.

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. Read the press release here.

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 - 31 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!

26 June - 2 July 2015


Nikolaus Gansterer was invited to develop a new perfomance and installation for the MuCEM - Marseille in France opening on the 19th of September 2015. In order to collect material and understand the dynamics of the space Gansterer will be on a research residency at Marseille. Together with deriva(c)trice and choreography adviser Lilia Mestre he will explore the urban public space by further developing dérive-techniques and tactics of drifting initiated by the Situationists of orientating and non/sense-making with all senses. By mainly walking the city the artist manoeuvres himself into unforeseen situations and constellations thus becoming aware of elementary forces and striving but constitutive movements within the urban fabric.

Stirring from these encounters and experiences his findings will be distilled 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, floor- and wall drawings will be transformed and activated into a Translecture performance taking place on 19th of September at Mucem and will stay on display as performtive installation. Curated by Samar Khedy.

24 June - 12 July 2015
This project is presenting drawings from artists, scientists and other professionals for an interdisciplinary research project investigating the role of visual thinking and the role of visualizations in cognitive and creative processes at BAK - Basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Selected Contributions: Pieter Adriaans, Gemma Anderson, Jack Bangerter, Koštana Banović, Andrew Barber, Peter Baren, Sara Berman, Maura Biava, Paul Buchanan, Natalia Calderon, Alexander Costello, Penny Demertzi, Claire Dorsett, Ronit Eden, Stephen Farthing, Emma Febvre-Richard, Helen Frik, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mikel van Gelderen, Lotte van Geijn, Maximilian Goldfarb, Niels Goos, Klaas van Gorkum, David Griffin, Geoffrey Harrison, Jutta Herden, Helena Hernandez, Edward Hillel, Hiroomi Horiuchi, Anna Ioannidi, Eun-Hyung Kim, Jae-Kyung Kim, Yoonhee Kim, Andreas Kopp, Nestor Kovachev, Nektarin Lampitsi, Elvira Mambetisaeva, Tracy MacKenna, Valle Medina, Alan Montgomery, Elena Nemkova, Emanuele Ortoleva, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Dusko Pavlovic, Alejandro Ramirez, Joke Robaard, Aubrecht Ruben, Mark Rutkoski, Kristin Sigurdardottir, Floris Solleveld, Marina Stavrou, Ivan Suletic, Marianne Theunissen, David Thomas, Nathan Thompson, Raul Valverde, Hector Alejandro Vargas Salazar, Vitalist Cuisine, Ivana Wingham, Tessa Whitehead and Erin Woodbrey. Keynote contributions by  Wil Alsop, Jim Anderson, Bernard Burgoyne, John Hilliard, Vincent Icke, Bruce McLean and Rick van der Ploeg.
Accompanied by the symposium “Drawing Conclusions” with contributions by Klaas Hoek (Moderator), Mel Gooding (Keynote), Deanna Petherbridge, Christel Vesters, Vincent Icke, Joke Robaard, Ansuya Blom, Falke Pisano, Kitty Zijlmans and Natasha Ginwala. Organized by Klaas Hoek.

20 + 21 June 2015
Two open air sound performances with The Vegetable Orchestra live at Musikfestspiele Sonsoucci in Potsdam, Germany.

3 June 2015 19:00


A live Translecture performance Drawing Matters Other Others by Nikolaus Gansterer at Albertina Museum - after a guided tour by Drawing Now curator Elsy Lahner starting at 17:30.

28 May - 11 October 2015


The “Drawing Now” exhibition will first open at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, providing an up-to-date survey of drawing, painting and illustration in contemporary art. It showcases the viewpoints of around 45 international artists who collectively represent contemporary drawing and who, individually, are taking it in a direction of their own. “Drawing Now” sheds light on the diversity of issues that artists articulate with the aid of drawing, and shows drawing in its exciting dimensions and manifestations.

Participating artists: Tomma Abts, Silvia Bächli, Anna Barriball, Marc Bauer, Michaël Borremans, Andrea Bowers, Olga Chernysheva, Amy Cutler, Tacita Dean, Sonja Gangl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Monika Grzymala, Toba Khedoori, Los Carpinteros, Constantin Luser, Lotte Lyon, Julie Mehretu, Aleksandra Mir, Muntean/Rosenblum, Paul Noble, Jockum Nordström, Micha Payer und Martin Gabriel, Fritz Panzer, Dan Perjovschi, Chloe Piene, Robin Rhode, Mithu Sen, David Shrigley, Paul Sietsema, Tatiana Trouvé, Ignacio Uriarte, Marcel Van Eeden, Erik Van Lieshout, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Jorinde Voigt.

Curated by Elsy Lahner.

22 May - 22 June 2015 (prolonged till end of August 2015!)


Nikolaus Gansterer was selected to participate at the 12th Havana Biennial in Cuba. The Biennial does not have a central core exhibition in Havana but takes place at various ranges of the urban fabric: universities, research centers and public spaces that makes possible the integration of art and can be used as site and as work material. The curatorial concept “Between the idea and the experience” aspires to settle in the interstices of the city to facilitate work. In order to develop the work Nikolaus Gansterer went on a 3 week research journey to Cuba in January/February 2015.

The project „The Eden Experiment II (The Habana Habitat)“, presented by Nikolaus Gansterer is a re-installation according to experiments researching on the influence of music on the growth of plants critically questioning how life forms are differently developing in divergent milieus / systems. In an intricate test arrangement the public experiment is started to manipulate the growth of plants only by means of sonic irrigation. Two identical model organisms of the species Nicotiana tabacum (Tabac) are confronted with classical music and Cuban Black Metal music. “The Eden Experiment II” confronts us with an equivocal system of theories about the basic influence on living organism and ironically addresses omnipresent anthropocentric strategies of manipulation and technologies of reproduction in the tension field of art, nature and society. The work is part of a series of projects by the artist scrutinizing the interdependency between living and non-living matter. The Eden Experiment can be visited daily at the Biennial headquarter Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre, (room 50), San Ignacio 22, esquina a Empedrado, Plaza de la Catedral, 
Havana, Cuba. Due to great success "The Eden Experiment" installation was prolonged an dis still visible till end of August 2015!

Participants: Aman Mojadidi, Zolaykha Sherzad, Jeanno Gaussi, Anri Sala, Carsten Nicolai, Gregor Schneider, Tino Sehgal, Mohamed Bourouissa, Eduardo Tomas Basualdo y Sofía Bothlingk, Dolores Cáceres, Joaquín Fargas, Adrián Villar Rojas, Leonello Zambon, Nelson González, Nikolaus Gansterer, Johann Lurf, Axel Stockburger, Ewan Atkinson, Koen Vanmechelen, Peter De Cupere, Naziha Mestaoui, Stéphane Gilot , AVAV, Audiovisual ao Vivo, Louise Ganz, Eduardo Kac, Leandro Nerefuh, César Oiticica Filho, Opavivará !, Regina Silveira, 2boys.tv, Octavo Plástico, Nicolás Paris, Manuel Santana, Jean Mukendi Katambayi, Han Sungpil, Glenda León, Habana generación y Esterio Segura, Lázaro Saavedra,, Candelario, Josuhe Pagliery, Reinier Nande, Yornel Martínez, 3stado Sólido, Rafael Villares, Felipe Dulzaides, Elizabet Cerviño, Luis Enrique López Chávez, Jorge Luis Marrero, Mauricio Abad, Nestor Siré, Humberto Díaz, José Eduardo Yaque, Omar Estrada, Rodolfo Peraza, Yornel Martínez, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti, Fidel García, Nelda Castillo y El Ciervo Encantado, Vilma Bartolomé y Espacio Creativo, Renán Rodríguez, Meira & Toirac, Levi Orta, David Bade – Tirzo Martha  Francisca Benítez, Pablo Brugnoli y publicación Spam City, CRAC. Colectivo artístico, Guisela Munita, Alicia Villarreal  , Andrés Tapia Urzua , Lin Yilin, Cuqui Jerez, Maria Jerez, Esperanza Collado, LA RIBOT, Joseph Kosuth, Seamus Farrell, Daniel Buren, Didier Faustino, Mohamed Bourouissa, Henri Tauliaut, Sandra Monterroso, Nikhil Chopra, Anish Kapoor, Shilpa Gupta, Eugenio Tibaldi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ebony G. Patterson, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Steeve Bauras, Carlos Amorales, Sandra Calvo, Gilberto Esparza, Demián Flores y La Curtiduría, Héctor Zamora, Dr. Lakra, Fredman Barahona, Emeka Ogboh, Victor Ekpuk, Marte Johnslien, Ignas Krunglevicius, Pikene PA Bröen, Antonio Jose Guzmán, Verónica Wiese, Jose Carlos Martinat, César Cornejo, Chemi Rosado, Raúl Tamayo Morilla, Serigne Mbaye Camara, Momar Seck, Mary Sibande, James Webb, Bridget Baker, Robin Rhode, Lang&Baumann, Alonso + Craciun, Tamara Cubas, Guillermo Zabaleta, Colectivo Pico Estudio, Juvenal Ravelo.

13 May - 13 June 2015

"IMMUTABLE MOBILES – Kunst unter dem diagrammatischen Imperativ"

Bruno Latour introduced the notion of the immutable mobile in order to highlight and discuss the often overlooked, but yet central role of image production in the field of science. Diagrams, technical drawings as well as lists have the capability to affect beyond the realm of language-based arguments, which has historically led to paradigm shifts in the history of science.The groupp exhibition Immutable Mobiles engages with these types of image production in the field of Fine Art. Since Marcel Duchamps interest in diagrams and technical drawings, deployed in conjunction with his development of “beauty of precision”, that conceptually enabled him to represent complex processes and relationships, artists have increasingly worked with these specific forms of representation. Whether they critically employ the formal banality of statistical representations or develop their own universes of modeling, the relationship between images and their role in scientific discourses becomes even more important when it emerges as evidence in contemporary media. Immutable Mobiles presents different artistic approaches and strategies focusing on representational conventions from the world of science.
Opening at Memphis art/project space, Linz, Austria on the 12 May 2015 at 19:00 pm. With work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Claude Closky, Isabella Kohlhuber, Brishty Alam. Curated by Axel Stockburger.

1 + 2 May 2015

The Peek project Artist Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based Research? discusses Nietzsche’s figure of the artist-philosopher with a series of lectures, work sketches and contributions by Arno Boehler, Kristof van Boven, Laura Cull, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Franz Hautzinger, Hans Hoffer, Joerg Holkenbrink, Marie Jung, Alice Lagaay, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Wolfgang Mitterer, Graham Parkes, Helen Parkes, Elisabeth Schäfer, Theater der Versammlung Bremen. Invited Guests: Daniel Aschwanden, Manora Auersperg, Ferdinand Auhser, Milli Bitterli, Ivana Covic, Alexander Damianisch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Julia Garstenauer, Saskia Hölbling, Sabina Holzer, Esther Hutfless, Kilian Jörg, Peter Kaiser, Barbara Kraus, Krassimira Kruschkova, Eckardt Lindner, Veronika Maurer, Anna Mendelssohn, Frans Poelstra, Hester Reeve, Peter Stamer, Tanja Traxler, Dörte Weig, Heidi Wilm. Curated by Arno Böhler and Susanne Granzer. At TQW - Tanzquartier Studios Vienna,  Austria.

21 April 2015, 18:00 - 22:00


Public studio visit and conversation with curator Maria Christine Holter at Prater Bildhauerateliers, Studio 19, Nikolaus Gansterer, Meiereistrasse 3, 1020 Vienna. Please reserve via email.

17 April 2015, 18:00


in the framework of the dialogue series "Zungen künstlerischer Forschung / Tongues of Artistic Research" artist/performer Nikolaus Gansterer and theoretician/philosopher Karin Harrasser will discuss which role cultural techniques of notation and inscription do play as underlying instruments of all artistic and scientific practices at Tanzquartier Studios Wien. Free admission!

18 - 22 March 2015, 11:00 - 19:00

"ARE YOU ALIVE OR NOT? Looking at ART through the lens of THEATRE"

A festival by Uncut Rietveld with performances, lectures and an exhibition at art centre Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands guest curated by Claire Tancons (New Orleans), David Weber-Krebs (Brussels), Joanna Warsza (Berlin) and Claire Bishop (New York).

Friday 20th of March 2015 runs under the title On Enclosed Spaces and Great Outdoors which was curated by David Weber-Krebs with following objective: Usually people who step into a theatre are of two kinds: the spectators and the actors. The spectators watch the actors. Both usually are humans. This happens usually in the enclosed space of theatre. In its symbolics, its economy and its practice, theatre is the place where the human stands central with his body and his words. But what kind of spectatorship applies when challenged by an encounter with a thing, a creature, a flow, fiction, darkness? Is it at all possible to abandon anthropocentrism in this game? During this day we are going to focus on the non-human in theatre and outside of it, on stages, on screens and in the great outdoors.The spectators will be addressed and moved in different ways by performances in and outside the theatre, by lectures and by a cosmic event. Nikolaus Gansterer will perform a series of Translectures in relation to work presented that day by André Lepecki, Mette Ingvartsen, Jeroen Peeters, Maximilian Haas, David Weber-Krebs, André Eiermann, Andrea Bozic at Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.

9 March 2015, 19:00


Artist talk and lecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer at Aapentforum at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, in Norway organized by the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.  In the last years Nikolaus Gansterer developed a series of performances called Translectures – an inter-subjective form of notation and a new vocabulary between the lines of drawing, choreography and performance. Within this special performance lecture format Gansterer is interested – often in collaboration with others – how a thought could be extended along the categories of time, space and movement. At Aapentforum Nikolaus Gansterer presents his time-based fragile drawings and models as a rigorous development of a specific language for the materialisation of thought processes and a playful way of dealing with the complex levels of speculative knowledge. For Gansterer Translectures are an open performative model where live inscription is fusing live-drawing, staging the unfolding of his on-going research through presentation rather than representation.

23 - 28 February 2015


A public workshop and live investigation of the current research project Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations fom the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker exploring the performative character of notation by practicing kinetic as well as graphic modes of inscription, expanded tactics beyond apparent physical limitations (of the mind, the hand, pencil and paper), attending to the integration of time, sound, movement and narration at a.pass – Centre for advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels. Part of the work block "Conditions for the Emergence of Poetics" initiated by Lilia Mestre.

16 + 17 January 2015

The Peek project Artist Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based Research? discusses Nietzsche’s figure of the artist-philosopher with a series of lectures, work sketches and contributions by Paulo de Assis, Jens Badura, Milli Bitterli, Arno Böhler, Laura Cull, Karlheinz Essl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Saskia Hölbling, Corinna Kirchhoff, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alice Lagaay, Anna Mendelssohn, Dieter Mersch, Wolfgang Michael, Wolfgang Mitterer, Helen Parkes, Hester Reeve, Elisabeth Schäfer, Michael Schwab, Martin Wuttke among others. On 17th of January at 17:00 Corinna Kirchhoff, Martin Wuttke, Nikolaus Gansterer and Hester Reeve will do a live performance lecture. Curated by Arno Böhler. Free of admission at TQW - Tanzquartier Studios Vienna,  Austria.

4 December 2014, 17:30

Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present recent findings of their ongoing artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line in the framework of the AP Talk series at the AIL, Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, Vienna, Austria.

28 November 2014, 19:00

In the context of "SCORES N°9: no/things" Nikolaus Gansterer will present his performance lecture "Thinking Matters Other Others" at Tanzquartier Wien on the everyday object table, which Gansterer transforms into a kind of sign lab and micro-stage. From 26th - 29th of November SCORES N°9 takes an expanded view on choreography – as a spatial experiment also beyond the body, extended to things, materials, artefacts, to the autonomy of the non-human. How can one extend the choreographic vocabulary with a parcours through the things that surround us and look at us? How can one conceive of dance also without dancers’ bodies or how does the human body second the body of things – and which is secondary and which is primary?  Scores No. 9 takes on the challenge of working on a de-centralisation and of rethinking things. By explicitly setting the world of things in motion, and in particular the theatre machinery, questioning embodiments, exposing the apparatus, it focuses the synaesthetic mediality of the choreographic, its fundamental intermedia quality and thereby the transdisciplinary significance of choreography as a contemporary artform. The interferences of living/non-living, subject/object, active/passive, primary/secondary, digital/analogue, nature/culture, chaos/order, matter/discourse, effect/affect, performance/stage work, production/execution, presentation/exhibition will be explored. With contributions by ao. Boyan Manche, Daniel Aschwanden & Conny Zenk, Mette Ingvartsen, Gabriele Jutz, Nikolaus Gansterer, Lisa Hinterreithner & Jack Hauser, Micha Purucker, Roland Rauschmeier, Marie-Luise Angerer, Clément Layes. Curated by Walter Heun, Krassimira Kruschkova, Gabrielle Cram and the team of TQW. Please download detailed programme folder here!

22 November 2014

In the framework of the Vienna Art Week selected artists will open their studios to an interested public. Please knock my studio door at the Prater Bildhauerateliers, Meiereistrasse 3, 1020 Vienna, Austria.

17 November 2014, 18:00


Festive opening of a new site specific permanent wall drawing done by Nikolaus Gansterer at the premises of the WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) by Dr. Michael Stampfer in the framework of the Vienna Art Week.

13 November 2014 - 19 February 2015

Brigitte Kowanz, artist and head of the Institute for Transmedia Arts Vienna has invited her team Eva Chytilek, Nikolaus Gansterer, Peter Kozek, Krüger&Pardeller, Alexander Martinz, Wolfgang Obermair, Niki Passath, Franz Schubert and Anna Zwingl to develop a process-orientated exhibition format at the ACF Istanbul, Turkey parallel to the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair in November. With an introduction by art historian Eva Maria Stadler and a set of live performances by Nikolaus Gansterer, kozekhoerlonski, Niki Passath and Alexander Martinz at the opening on Thursday 13th November 19:00 and as well on Saturday 15th of November 2014. Please download programme here!

6 + 7 November 2014


Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will share and stage findings from their ongoing research project in form a performance lecture at the forthcoming SARN interdisciplinary artistic research Un-Conference at HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, organized by the Swiss Artistic Research Network &  HEAD Geneva, ECAV Sierre. Please find the detailed programme here.

3 November 2014


On the 3 November festive inauguration by director Danielle Spera, curator Werner Hanak and Karen Frostig (The Vienna Project) of the permanent installation of the Memory Map by Nikolaus Gansterer at the Jewish Museum, Vienna. Please download detailed programme here.

30 - 31 October, 2014


A Conference by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Society for Artistic Research at the AILab, Vienna, Austria.

Artistic practice lies at the very heart of society. The aim of this event is to investigate the implications of this via the operations in the field of artistic research. Operation on the Open Heart brings together international artistic researchers and colleagues exploring how artistic practice advances society through insightd riven educational activities. Colleagues from different artistic practices will report on their individual and collaborative work settings - their settings of production. Practice often differs from perception; what are the consequences of closely linking artistic practice? What of Alfredo Jaar’s claim that "99% of Artistic Practice is Research?" With Nikolaus Gansterer, Baerbel Mueller, Hans Schabus, Mette Ingvartsen Carmen Brucic, Christina Lammer, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Anna Moreno, Barbara Putz-Plecko. With an introduction by Gerald Bast and Gerhard Eckel. Please find the detailed programme here.

20 October - 13 November 2014


Opening of the new art platform AIL (Angewandte Innovation Lab) with the inaugural exhibition "Corellation" curated by Brigitte Felderer and Eva Maria Stadler. The exhibition “Correlation” represents a context in which correlation stands for the potential that is underlying connection and attachment of the various forms of knowledge, mediality and materializations. Works by Henning Bohl, Ernst Caramelle, Nikolaus Gansterer, Brigitte Kowanz, Dorit Margreiter/Anette Baldauf, Oswald Oberhuber, Niki Passath, Johannes Porsch ft. Tanja Widmann, Lukas Posch, Florian Pumhösl, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Constanze Schweiger, Peter Weibel, Anna Zwingl.

18 October 2014, 19:30 - 24:00


Closing ceremony of the Vienna Project at the Austrian National Library with readings, performances and live projections. Contributions by Karen Frostig, Oskar Deutsch, Oliver Rathkolb, Rubina Möhring, Johanna Rachinger, Gerald Bast, Dieter Flury, Matthias Schorn, Doron Rabinovici, Nikolaus Gansterer, Daniel Niemand, Stefan Arztmann, Elisabeth Wildling, Jerome Segal, Georg Traska, Kabren Levinson, Ildiko Meny, Alexander Matthias Kosnopfl, Waltraud Jungwirth, Johanna Taufner, Kate Melchior, Christian Wind, Peter Mlczoch, ao. Installation and presentation of the Memory Map by Nikolaus Gansterer.

10 & 11 October, 2014
How to collaborate? is a specific format of five dialogues on diversities, challenges, theories and practices of collaboration each entertained between two researchers who meet up for the first time at the International Research Center Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin. The dialogues will be recorded, transcribed and edited to enter a book on the subject on collaboration published in 2015.
With: Maria Lind and Lisa Robertson, Bojana Cvejic and Margarita Tsomou, Manfred Füllsack and Klaus Mainzer, Igor Dobricic and Peter Pleyer, Nicolas Galeazzi and Nikolaus Gansterer and invited guests ao. Chris Standfest, Bettina Vismann, Siegmar Zacharias, Alice Chauchat, Diego Agullo, Ash Bulayev and IRC fellows Sruti Bala, Narges Hashempour, Kuan-wu Lin, Chetana Nagavajara, Nanako Nakajima, Femi Osofisan, David Savran, Azadeh Sharifi, Stephen Wilmer. Curated by Silke Bake and Peter Stamer.

1 October 2014 - 9 January 2015


A group exhibition with echoes and reflections in contemporary art on the influential oevre of the philosopher and designer Otto Neurath at the ACF London. Participating artists: Anthony Burrill, Bernhard Cella, Ilse Chlan, Hazem El Mestikawy, Nikolaus Gansterer, Wilfried Gerstel, Christoph Hinterhuber, Christian Hutzinger, Martin Kaltenbrunner, KarlHeinz Klopf, Matthias Klos, Clemens Kogler, Karo Szmit, Richard Kriesche, Gert Linke, open3, Bernd Oppl, Olaf Osten, Hermann Painitz, Waltraud Palme, Andrea Ressi, Christian Rupp, Sito Schwarzenberger, Niko Wahl, Michael Wegerer, Peter Weibel, Jun Yang. Curated by Maria Christine Holter and Christopher Burke.

23 - 27 September 2014


Nikolaus Gansterer will be presenting a performance-lecture (with Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil) based on the ongoing research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, as part of the Body Diagrams: On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture conference, a symposium on body semiotics at the 14th international Congress of the German Society of Semiotics 2014 “Verstehen und Verständigung” [Comprehension and understanding] at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

13 September – 19 September 2014:


Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker reflect on Method Lab processes and expanded practices developed in the creative research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line. This work intensive at Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme stays permeable for discursive, methodic and epistemological practice while focused on the continuation of a line of thought started during Method Lab I.

14 July - 11 August 2014


The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer Mariella Greil and art-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at the Impulstanz Festival Vienna. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre and Christine de Smedt(tbc) and other guests Method Lab I focuses on the sharing of practice and working methods between the key researchers, in order that set disciplinary ways of operating might gradually become undisciplined, unlearnt, undone, reversed or upturned by experimenting ‘between the lines’ of drawing, choreography, and writing. What if line becomes movement or sound; what if language is danced; what if words are drawn rather than written?

All are cordially invited to join on 5 August 2014, 15:00 - 19:00 for the Method Lab Opening at the residency laboratory: Probebühne des Schauspielhauses, Rechte Wienzeile 73 (backyard), 1050 Vienna, Austria.

Schedule: 15.00 > The Method Lab will be open to the public, and the key researchers available to informally discuss their project, Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line. 16.00 > A Live Exploration
Processes and approaches developed during the Method Lab will be presented through a Live Exploration in order to make visible various intensities of the research process through the re-visitation of key moments of shared enquiry. The Live Exploration will be followed by an opportunity for discussion around the issues and questions emerging within the Method Lab.18.00 > The Method Lab will remain open to the public, with refreshments provided.

5 July 2014, 19:57


A TransLecture performance by Nikolaus Gansterer in the framework of the symposium & exhibition "Revolving Stars and Shaky Grounds" on the notion of uncertain knowledges and contingencies in dialogue with Paul Feigelfeld, Elie Ayache, Marian Kaiser, Daniel Barber, Wolfgang Hagen live at Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany. Organised by the interdisciplinary research network F-A-S-T

25 June - 2 August 2014


This exhibition is not about the history of science. It departs from a simple but complex question that is raised by a genealogical investigation into the particular history of science by a philosopher of science, Hasok Chang, in Inventing Temperature. What is temperature? And how can we measure it accurately? In his deconstructive investigation, Chang makes a simple but definitive move from asking how to measure temperature to questioning how the very notion of measuring temperature was invented in the age of reason. By sharing Changs strategic move, this exhibition invites ten contemporary artists whose practices have questioned the ground on which a specific notion of knowledge has been sustained. In unravelling the complex web of relations that has governed the modern system of knowledge production, these artists call the notion of science as truth-keeper into question in order to open up new possibilities for understanding the world. Moreover, this exhibition aims to expand the question of temperature and go beyond the discipline of the philosophy of science. To have a temperature is one of the most concrete signs of a living being. Therefore, rethinking temperature is to rethink the very conditions of all those living by going beyond anthropocentric perspective of the world. With artistic contributions by Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with Emma Cocker, Lucy Powell, Kyung Roh Bannwart, Seung Jun Lee, Hyerin Oh, Chosil Kil, Jooyeon Park, Hwayeon Nam, Suhee Kim. Curated by Jeyun Moon at the KCC London / UK.

19 + 22 June 2014

Two sound performances with The Vegetable Orchestra at the ViertelFestival, Drosendorf, in Austria and at the Jardins Fruitiers de Laquenexy, Metz, in France.

20 - 22 May 2014
Artista Como consists of public presentations at Pivo Gallery space in Sao Paulo, Brasil, promoting discussion on contemporary art practices that develop through theoretical, performative and relational experiments. The project brings together artists who use different discursive methods (lecture, roundtable, commentary and concert) as ways to expand the artistic activity. With contributions by Leandro Nerefuh, Gaeoudij Parl, Ana Laura Lopez, Raimond Chaves, Keroøàcidu Suäväk, Nikolaus Gansterer, Ricardo Basbaum, Rafael Rg & Livia Piccolo, Pedro Marighella, Fabi Borges, Jorge Menna Barreto, Cristiano Lenhardt, Caetano Carvalho, Beto Shwafaty, Daniela Castro. Organized by Metropole Projetos.

12 May - 31 May 2014


Presentation of selected new video work of Nikolaus Gansterer at the Online Gallery of The Drawing Center New York. Please have a look!

10 May 2014, 16:00 - 02:00


A dense program of performances, lectures, screenings and concerts discussing new formats of performance art at MUMOK - Hofstallung, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria with contributions by Marina Abramovic, bad weather report, Nikolaus Gansterer & Emma Cocker, Sabina Holzer & Jack Hauser, Kozek-Hörlonski & Sir Meisi, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alfred Lenz, Martina Menegon & Stefano D’Alessio, Peter Regner, Barbis Ruder, Anna Vasof, Brigitte Wilfing. Organized by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and curated by Peter Kozek and Brigitte Wilfing. Please find the detailed program folder here.

20 April - 1 May 2014

"TRACES OF SPACES" – Research trip to Iceland visiting artist Simona Koch at Skatfell - Center For Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður.

11 - 18 April 2014

"Beyond the Line" is an international, interdisciplinary collaboration involving artist-writer Emma Cocker, artist Nikolaus Gansterer and choreographer Mariella Greil, for exploring the points of slippage as the practices of drawing, dance and writing enter into dialogue, overlap and collide. After a first intensive work block at the TTP spaces / WUK, in Vienna in December 2013 Cocker, Gansterer and Greil will inhabit the Bonington Gallery, in Nottingham / UK as an experimental ‘method laboratory’ for staging an encounter between choreography, drawing and writing; between body, mark and text.

6 April 2014, 18:00


Sound performance with The Vegetable Orchestra live at the Festival Printemps des Arts, at Salle Garnier, in Monaco.

26 March - 30 March 2014

Presentation of work by Nikolaus Gansterer amongst others represented by Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch at Drawing Now - Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Paris, France.

26 March - 29 March 2014


Following Alfred N. Whitehead and Robert Musil the act of speculation can be conceived as an act of throwing a fishing line: The one who speculates envisages, projects a target and connects the act of imagining with an operation. It is an embodied sequence of estimation that is enacted by throwing the line. During the three day event we want to concentrate on the lure/the bait of this operation. We will shift our attention from the however daring, humble, risky act of speculation to something that has a complicated choreography and feedback-logic: the lure that is meant to attract the target.

A dense artistic-theoretical parcours on the choreographies of the speculative at Tanzquartier Wien with contributions amongst others by Nika Arhar, BADco, Paula Caspão, Katja Cicigoj, Bojana Cvejic, Vinciane Despret, Begüm Erciyas, Marino Formenti, Nikolaus Gansterer, Maximilian Haas, Michael Halewood, Karin Harrasser, Janez Janša, Aino Korvensyrjä, Bernd Kräftner, Tomislav Medak, Anna Mendelssohn, Sibylle Peters, Nikolina Pristaš, Saška Rakev, Martina Ruhsam, Sarah Sander, Katrin Solhdju, Zrinka Užbinec, David Weber-Krebs, Jasmina Založnik. Nikolaus Gansterer will perform on Saturday 29th of March, 12:00 - 20:30 at TQW/Halle G at Vier Dialoge mit Lockvögeln. Curated by Sandra Noeth, Karin Harasser and Alexander Martos.

24 March – 4 May 2014


A group exhibition showcasing art work where the artistic process of development becomes a crucial element of the piece itself will open on Sunday 23rd of March 2014. With Nikolaus Gansterer in collaboration with violonist Annelie Gahl, Laura McLardy, Antonio Pauca, Madeline Stillwell at Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany. Curated by Kordula Fritze-Srbic.

17 + 18 March 2014, 17:30


Two performances in public space (along Favoritenstrasse in Vienna) on the topic of a basic income ("Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen") initiated by Sabina Holzer in collaboration with Mariella Greil and a choreo-graphic translation by Nikolaus Gansterer in the frame work of the dance festival Imagetanz, Vienna. Curated by Katalin Erdödi.

Basic Income Dance (Grundeinkommenstanz) is dedicated to a resource-oriented, sustainable redistribution of income and wealth. Everybody is welcome to contribute with gestures, ideas or thoughts. It is not a political demonstration, but rather a festive assembly that pleads for and celebrates open spaces, interpersonal relationships and a new progressive system of values. It questions what radical changes introducing basic income would entail for the society. In preparation of the performances 3 workshops/meetings, are organized where questions and visions about unconditional basic income will be discussed.

Please download the basic income map/score here!

10 March - 14 March 2014


Scores are translations. They transform one thought into another. They are also invitations to understand and interpret one reality through another. In a five day public workshop at a.pass (Center for advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels, Belgium Nikolaus Gansterer will collaboratively explore with the participants the complex relationship between drawing, writing and movement. Invited by Lilia Mestre.

7 March – 4 May 2014
The internationally traveling exhibition on the notion of drawing will open at the Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, in