• Contingent Agencies


Nikolaus Gansterer , Arteaga, Alex


  • 05 October 2021–09 October 2021 Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich (APL angewandte performance laboratory)


Workshop, Ausstellung, Lecture


Contingent Agencies is an artistic research project initiated by Nikolaus Gansterer and Alex Arteaga conceived as an inquiry into the subtle, dynamic, complex, and enveloping presences that emerge in given situations for those who inhabit them. These presences are denominated with various terms such as “Stimmungen", “moods", or even “places"; in this project we favor the words “atmospheres” and “environments". More particularly, this project investigates the specific ways in which the actualization of the agencies of single components of a situation (from light to animals, from artifacts to sounds, from matter to vegetation,...) conditions the emergence of these comprehensive and senseful presences. Accordingly, atmospheres are considered as coherent networks of phenomena that emerge due to a systemically organized set of intertwined agencies: the capacity of each component of a given situation to transform the presence of the other components and the arising environment. The event "Notations, Reflection & Strategies of Display" is structured in three parts. An internal workshop (5 – 7 October); a public dialogue (8 October, 5 pm) and an exploratory installation (9 October, 11 am – 8 pm). In the public dialogue, the findings of the workshop will be dialogically shared with an open audience. In the exploratory installation, artefacts of notation and reflection will be publicly displayed in order to further incentivize dialogues and open-ended processes of reflection. With Alex Arteaga, Stephanie Bunn, Emma Cocker, Karmen Franinović, Nikolaus Gansterer, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Frida Robles, Charlotta Ruth at APL - Angewandte Performance Laboratory, (which is situated at former P.S.K.), Georg-Coch-Platz 2, A-1010 Vienna, Austria. Contingent Agencies is hosted by the University for Applied Arts Vienna and funded by the Program for Arts-based Research (PEEK) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).


Nikolaus Gansterer , Alex Arteaga

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  • Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich
  • Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
  • 1010 Wien
  • Österreich
Published By: Nikolaus Gansterer | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 09 May 2022, 11:47 | Edit Date: 24 November 2022, 09:32