Nikolaus Gansterer

  • Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien
  • Kunst

Skills and Expertise

DrawingConceptualInstallationPerformanceVideoSpatial ResearchAnimated Cartoon


  • Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7 - 2. St.
  • 1010 Wien

Curriculum Vitae

Nikolaus Gansterer, is an artist and researcher 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 visualization. Across forms of installations and performances he traces the translatability of phenomena of perception into an artistic environment. In his trans-medial work, 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. He studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna 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 and board member of the Applied Performance Laboratory in Vienna. Since 2007 he is teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna where he was the first Guest Professor for the Artistic Research programme in 2016/17. He is author of the book "Drawing a Hypothesis – Figures of Thought " (Springer, 2013) on the ontology of diagrammatic figurations and its use in contemporary art and science. From 2014-2018 he was PI of the artistic research project "Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line" developing innovative systems of notation between drawing, writing and choreography. 2019-2023 he is PI of the artistic project "Contingent Agencies" for experimental diagramming of atmospheres and environments. He is internationally active in performances, exhibitions and lecturing.

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