Nikolaus Gansterer, (1974, Klosterneuburg) studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and completed his studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy at Maastricht in The Netherlands. He is co-founder of the Institute for Transacoustic Research. He currently is guest professor at the University of Applied Art in Vienna.
Gansterer is interested in the links between drawing, thinking and action. In his work, he focuses on mapping these processes emerging unfolding their immanent structures of interconnectedness, questioning the imaginary threshold between nature and culture, art and philosophy. His fascination with the complex character of diagrammatic figures has led to his book Drawing a Hypothesis (Springer, 2011) on the ontology of shapes of visualizations and on the development of the diagrammatic perspective and its use in contemporary art and science.
Recent presentations of his work include Living and Working in Vienna, Kunsthalle, Vienna; Sonar Festival, CCCB, Barcelona; Moving Patterns, ACF, New York; Trichtlinnburg, Salzburger Kunstverein/ JVE Maastricht/ CCA Tallinn; 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, KHEX, Vienna and Argos, Brussels; Structures, Transmediale, Bethanien, Berlin; Sound Escapes, Space Gallery, London; Mifan, AnniArt Gallery, Beijing; Story behold. Story be told, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; Graphology, MHKA, Antwerp; Scores 8+9, TanzQuartier, Vienna; Foreign Affairs, Berliner Festspiele; Inventing Temperature, KCC, London; From Inner to Outer Shadow, ACF, Istanbul; Artista Como, Pivo Gallery, Sao Paulo; Drawing Now, Albertina Museum, Vienna; The Bottom Line, SMAK, Gent; 12th Havana Biennial, Cuba; Psychoreographies, MUCEM, Marseilles; The Minor Gesture, MSK, Ghent.
Gansterer is leading key researcher of the PEEK-project Choreo-graphic Figure: Deviations from the Lines, developing systems of notation between the lines of drawing, writing and choreography (2014 – 2017).
Gansterer lives and works in Vienna.