Nikolaus Gansterer studied Transmedia art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and completed his post-academic studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy at Maastricht, in The Netherlands. He is cofounder of the Institute for Transacoustic Research and the sound-collective The Vegetable Orchestra. Currently he is lecturer at the Institute for Transmedia Art and guest professor at the Zentrum Fokus Forschung at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. During 2014 - 2017 he led the inter-disciplinary artistic research project 'Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line', funded by the PEEK-programme of the Austrian Science Fund.
As an artist and performer, Nikolaus Gansterer is deeply interested in the links between drawing, thinking and action. His practice is grounded in a trans-medial and trans-disciplinary approach, underpinned by conceptual discourse in the context of performative visualization and cartographic representations. He focuses on mapping processes of transience by developing experimental modes of notation and translation. Through a consequent recombination of methods and settings from various fields, he arrives at unique lines of connection and division, questioning the imaginary threshold between nature and culture, art and philosophy unfolding their immanent structures of contingency.
Gansterer is author of the book 'Drawing a Hypothesis - Figures of Thought', (Springer, 2011) on the ontology of shapes of visualisations and the development of the diagrammatic perspective and its use in contemporary art, science and theory. He is also the co-author of 'Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line', (De Gruyter, 2017) on the complex character of performative and embodied configurations.
Nikolaus Gansterer is internationally active in performances, exhibitions and lectures. Some recent presentations of his work include: 14th Sharjah Biennial (upcoming); Brisante Träume/Volatile Dreams, Marta Herford Museum, Herford (upcoming); Con-notations, Villa Arson, Nice; Drafts, The Drawing Centre, New York; Graphology, MUHKA, Antwerp; The Drawing Room, Blickle Foundation, Karlsruhe; The Plague of Diagrams, ICA, London; The Bottom Line, SMAK, Ghent; Drawing Now, Albertina Museum, Vienna; Trajectories, Drawing Hub, Berlin; Architecture of Interaction, Chisenhale Gallery, London; Hard Rock Walzer, Villa Manin, Udine; Potential Dialogues, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing; Wrong time, Wrong place, Tent, Rotterdam; The Stone Road, KEX, Vienna & Argos, Brussels; Structures, Transmediale, Berlin; Sound Escapes, Space Gallery, London; Mifan, AnniArt Gallery, Beijing, Story behold. Story be told., Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; Moving Patterns, ACF, New York.