FIGURES OF RESEARCH
or HARVESTING THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
Drawing is one of the simplest and still most economical instruments of scientific and artistic practice, and plays a constitutive role in the production of knowledge, due to its ability to mediate between perception and reflection. (Hoffmann, 2008) Nikolaus Gansterer will talk about his upcoming publication "Drawing a Hypothesis" and his strong affinity to expanded drawings as a medium of high immediacy, also in the context of performative acts. The artist will outline his motivations and strategies applied to his figures of research and exemplify specific projects between art and science. Through a consequent recombination of methods and settings from both fields he will draw unique lines of connection and division questioning the imaginary threshold between nature and culture, art and civilization.
Nikolaus Gansterer (*1974) lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. He studied transmedia art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and finished his postgraduate studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. He co-founded the Institute for Transacoustic Research and the Vegetable Orchestra. Since 2007 he is lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In his visual work Gansterer focuses on mapping processes emerging out of cultural and scientific networks unfolding their immanent structures of interconnectedness. Recent presentations of his work include "Living and Working in Vienna", Kunsthalle, Vienna; "Sonar Festival", CCCB, Barcelona; "Moving Patterns", ACF, New York; "Architecture of Interaction", Chisenhale Gallery, London; "Hard Rock Walzer", Villa Manin, Udine; "Wrong time, Wrong place", Tent, Rotterdam; "The Stone Road", Argos, Brussels; "Structures", Transmediale, Berlin; "Sound Escapes", Space Gallery, London; "Mifan", AnniArt Gallery, Beijing and "Story behold. Story be told" at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.