Drawing Between the Lines of Con-notation

Presentation by Nikolaus Gansterer (AT)
A part of the program CHOREOGRAPHY IN ACTION

Based on images, materials and examples of his work Nikolaus Gansterer will introduce into his ongoing practice of notation and practices of translation. Gansterer understands the processes of thinking and drawing as analogous. He is thus concerned with the fundamental question of how to translate processes of thought, and explores how the act of drawing can become a tool of communication. In the course of the presentation Gansterer wishes to go in dialogue with the audience.

In order to approach the materiality of perception Gansterer applies a unique performative grammar, in which the artist’s flow of observations in relation to his environment manifest as captivating live drawings, diagrams and arrangements. He questions how these situative constructions of meaning could be expanded towards a radical autopoiesis or even sympoiesis: where a line of thought becomes a line on paper, turns into a line in space, and then again a line articulated with the whole body or transforms into an object.

About the artist
Nikolaus Gansterer is an artist, performer and researcher deeply interested in the links between drawing, thinking and action. His practice is grounded in a trans-medial approach, underpinned by conceptual discourse in the context of performative visualisation and cartographic representations. In form of installations and performances he traces the in/-translatability of phenomena of perception into an artistic environment. In his trans-medial works, he focuses on mapping ephemeral and emergent processes unfolding their immanent structures of inter-connectedness, questioning the imaginary threshold between nature and culture, art and philosophy.

Nikolaus Gansterer is internationally active in performances, exhibitions and lecturing. Gansterer studied anthropology at University of Vienna and Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, he completed his cross-disciplinary studies at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is co-founder of the Institute for Trans- acoustic Research. Currently he is teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Gansterer’s fascination with the complex character of diagrammatic figures led to two books: “Drawing a Hypothesis – Figures of Thought”, (Vienna/New York: Springer, 2011) on the ontology of shapes of visualisations and the development of the diagrammatic perspective and “Choreo–graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line”, (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2017) on the development of experimental notation systems and embodied diagrammatics, by staging an inter-disciplinary encounter between the lines of choreography, drawing and writing. From  2019 till 2023 Gansterer is leading key researcher of the Contingent Agencies research project inquiring into the agency of atmospheres.

A program where artists and other professionals share thoughts about artistic work through conversations, installions, performances and films. New guest every Monday. The program is primarily adressed to  the artists in the field but open to all with an interest.
It is in English. Free Entrance.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
CHOREOGRPAHY IN ACTION  takes place at Charlottenborg Art Cinema. The distinctive art institution Kunsthal Charlottenborg ia a close collaborator of Dansehallerne.

When / 7-9 pm

Where / Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, Cph K

Caption: Nikolaus Gansterer, The Figure of Ventillating Meaning, 2017. Copyright: The artist