CrossSections Stockholm Peripheral Meeting
CrossSections Project and A Case Discussion with Nikolaus Gansterer
The first peripheral Meeting was realized at Konstfack - University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. In this meeting, Basak Senova first introduced and briefly talked about the research strains and the structure of the project. Then, she will had discussion with Nikolaus Gansterer by navigating through his practice.
The discussion focused on the links between drawing, thinking and action. Accordingly, Gansterer gave insight in recent research and exhibition projects and his understanding of the notion of expanded drawing.
Gansterer’s 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 translatability
of phenomena of perception into an artistic environment. 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. 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. In these trans-medial
works, he focuses on mapping ephemeral and emergent processes unfolding their
immanent structures of interconnectedness, questioning the imaginary threshold
between nature and culture, art and philosophy.