In his recent work Nikolaus Gansterer stages a three channel video installation which combines elements of animated film, cartoon films, live drawings, performance, and studio work. The hypnotic flow of images – like a maelstrom generates a dynamic temporo-spatial structure formed by poetical efficacies that dissolves the boundaries between the inner and outside world, between night and day, and unveils deeper layers of perception. »untertagüberbau« is both model and ruin, a non-place and utopia – a drifting ground full of references and connotations.
"A chalk line crosses the screen, makes a loop and continues on its way. Start by selecting and framing a fragment, taking a sample and measuring. Then lead the studio materials (paper, chalk, water, glass), the found materials (wood, green leaf) and the invited materials (snails and slugs) towards sensuality, schematic rationalization, or the observation of the various scales of the living through collection, experimentation and analysis. Nikolaus Gansterer’s three videos are accompanied by a sound composition by musician Martin Siewert. Created in his studio while listening amongst others to scientific radio programs, Untertagüberbau (neologism juxtaposing the underground work to a hyper structure) is a video recording of gestures around a laboratory table. This production initiated the practice of “trans-reading”, annotating sessions occurring in situations of direct listening. The passage from one state to another functions through happy chance occurrences, afterthoughts, jumping from pillar to post by coming and going, collapsing and emerging. Impossible to concentrate very long. The frailty of a state is like a blast of wind on a fragment." (Sophie Orlando)
3 channel HD video installation, stereo soundtrack, 16:03 min
Nikolaus Gansterer: drawings, animation, concept
Martin Siewert: sound
Hannes Boeck: colour grading and support with set up
Victor Jaschke: equipment and advices
Commissioned by Urbane Kuenste Ruhr, and premiered at the Urban Lights Ruhr Marl Festival, at the Skulpturenmuseum Glakasten Marl, Germany in October 2017. Curated by Katja Aßmann, Melanie Bono, Georg Elben.
On 20 October 2017 Nikolaus Gansterer (live drawing&video) and Martin Siewert (live music) did a late night audio-visual performance at Admiral Kino, Burggasse 119, Vienna, Austria in the frame of "SalonkonzertAV" invited by Gerda Lampalzer & MedienWerkStatt Wien. The live performance "Drifting Ground: A sonic translecture" was a live remix of audiovisual material of "untertagüberbau" and was recorded and published as limited DVD edition at Position-N (and can be ordered at: http://position-n.at/programme/prog14.php).