Scientific methods and results, together with the representations of these results in the forms of tables, graphs, diagrams and charts provide models which the artist, at the chosen moment, can abandon, liberated by the ability of art to relativise and from the rules of causality which govern science and economics. In this perspective, “Global Players” are not multinational companies but, rather, those individuals whose ways of thinking, feeling and acting are not subject to the categorisation of causality.
Born in 1974, Nikolaus Gansterer studied under Brigitte Kowanz at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna before establishing the Institute for “Transacoustic Research” in 1998 as a means of pursuing his many artistic and scientific interests. The focus of his varied activities is the question of the specific possibilities for artistic perception, a question which he tests in the form of elaborate experimental procedures, some of which he carries out upon himself.
Borrowing from such conventional scientific tools as tables, diagrams and charts he creates series of filigree drawings which meticulously imitate the random, individual and deviating results which are so often missed by science.
One of the most internationally renowned Austrian artists of his generation, Nikolaus Gansterer features in numerous Austrian and international collections. And while the artist has lived and worked across the globe for many years, Vienna remains his home.