A performative presentation of the research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil in the framework of the symposium "Zeichen Setzen", co-organized by Monika Leisch-Kiesl, KU Linz & Toni Hildebrandt, University Bern; Stephan Grotz & Aloisia Moser, KU Linz; Karin Harrasser, University of Art and Design Linz; Rose Breuss, Anton Bruckner University, Linz. On the 10th of June Nikolaus Gansterer will do a live Translecture session at the panel “On mediality: continuous and discrete / in state of flux / at the point” questioning the medial and cultural preconditions of the act of sign making and forms of readability, with contributions by Karin Harrasser, Paul Feigelfeld, Ludwig Jäger, Sarah Sander. Download full program here.
New Review out: Expanding the Vocabulary: The beautiful review by Sabina Holzer "Expanding the Vocabulary" on the Choreo-graphic Figures project and its publication is now online in CORPUS magazine – please check it out!
12 + 14 Nov 2017: WORKSHOP & ARTIST TALK at SIOBHAN DAVIES STUDIOS, LONDON: On Sunday 12 November 2017 Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will give a one day workshop (11:00 - 17:00) hosted by Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK. Key researchers Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil ask: How can we develop systems of notation for identifying, marking and communicating the barely perceptible micro-movements at the cusp of awareness? How can we communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces within artistic practice, without ‘fixing’ that which is inherently dynamic and contingent as a literal sign? This workshop seeks out the choreo-graphic traces of translational processes, exploring the shifts of attention and modes of engagement happening at the passage from one medium – writing-drawing-choreography – to another. We will investigate somatic practices and compositional decision-making within a collaborative creative process based on embodied gestures. For booking please click here. Additionally, on Tuesday 14 November from 19:00 - 20:30 Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present a Crossing Borders Talk in the 2017 series at Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK launching their brand-new publication Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2017.
7 Sept – 28 Oct 2017:Trajectories#02: New Drawing Embodiments: Opening of the new art space The Drawing Hub with the inaugural exhibition Trajectories #02: New Drawing Embodiments at Berlin Wedding, Gerichtsstrasse 12-13 / Aufgang 3 / 4.OG. The group show brings together new work by Nikolaus Gansterer, Stella Geppert, Ulrike Mohr, Morgan O'Hara, Nicole Wendel. Key researcher Nikolaus Gansterer is showing for the first time in public a selection of his diagrams and drawings made in the context of Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations of the Line. Come and see! The procedural and the ephemeral are characteristic elements which are both present in dance and in drawing. Primary focus of this exhibition is the close encounter of choreography and drawing. Compositions become scores of the movement as well as drawings in space. All artists presented collaborate with choreographers, dancers and musicians aiming to further the current development in graphics and choreography. Within the investigation each artistic position concentrates on a different aspect offering an overview of current graphic-performative strategies. These encounters between drawing and choreography are conceived so as to facilitate new interpretations of former assumptions on drawing and the way drawings are commonly read. They wish to pave the way to yet unknown forms of graphic notation as well as to provoke a broadening of each artist's own repertoire. Via its scientific and theoretical examination of the subject, Trajectories: New Drawing Embodiments aims at positioning itself toward the current discourse on diverse performative practices of contemporary drawing within the international exhibition context and hopes to actively join the discussion the world of art history has been engaged in for years.
28 Aug 2017: Scilog interview: Noting down the moment: The interview with scilog magazine is online – please find it here in English: http://scilog.fwf.ac.at/…/human…/6616/noting-down-the-moment and German: http://scilog.fwf.ac.at/kult…/…/die-notation-des-augenblicks.
11 – 13 August 2017 “WHAT IS AT WORK IN OUR WORKS?”: Concluding the five year project "Life Long Burning" in the framework of ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna the symposium “What is at work in our works?” will challenge together with international artists and theoreticians contemporary practices and interrogate conditions of production in a political context. On Saturday 12th of August at 14:00 Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will contribute to the symposium with a performance lecture and present their brand-new publication.
9 June 2017 “ZEICHEN SETZEN”:
19 – 22 May 2017 “ALONG LINES”: The inter-symposium "Along Lines" – a hybrid of conference and exhibition – brings together around 40 artists, musicians, philosophers, scientists, archaeologists and other researchers to reflect on the line as a very basic visual element and medium of knowledge. Taking it as a symbolic as well as analytical instrument the symposium at Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, in Lithuania presents different strategies to sketch and connect through methods of mapping, walking, recording etc. Key researcher Nikolaus Gansterer will talk about the brand new publications: Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line aswell as the brand new second edition of his Drawing a Hypothesis – Figures of Thought. Inter-symposium contributors ao. Awst & Walther, Zbyněk Baladrán, Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt, Vitalij Červiakov, Christoph Fink, Nikolaus Gansterer, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Ines Hochgerner, Sven Johne, Lina Lapelytė, Ruth Proctor, Artūras Raila, Karen O'Rourke, Marcus Steinweg, Raul Walch, Jessica Warboys. Curated by Thomas Thiel & Vytautas Michelkevičius.
5 May 2017, “PUBLISHING IN THE CONTEXT OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH – A BOOKISH TABLE TALK”: On 5 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 public presentation of a series of new publications discussing the critical role of documenting and publishing in the context of artistic research with invited guests and authors ao. Alex Arteaga, Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil, Lilia Mestre at AILab – Angewandte Innovation Lab, Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Our new publication Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will be launched and is available to purchase here!
29 April 2017: “CHOREO-GRAPHIC FIGURES: TALK + BOOK PRESENTATION ”: On Saturday 29 April 2017, 14:15 - 17:15 in the section: “Figuring the Body”, Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present a performative paper “On Qualitative Specificity (How-ness) within Artistic Research” at the 8th International Conference on Artistic Research at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Based on their brand new publication “Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line" published by DeGruyter, 2017 the ongoing research project stages a beyond-disciplinary, inter-subjective encounter between the lines of choreography, drawing and writing, for exploring the specific 'how-ness' — the qualitative-processual, aesthetic-epistemological and ethico-empathetic dynamics — within shared artistic exploration, directing attention to an affective realm of forces and intensities existing before, between and beneath the more readable gestures of artistic practice.
25 + 26 November 2016 “ART AS A MEDIUM OF THINKING – KÜNSTE ALS MEDIEN DES DENKENS”: A workshop-conference on “Artist-Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based-Research“ at AILab Vienna, Austria. With contributions by Jens Badura, Arno Boehler , Kathrin Busch, Corpus Kollektiv, Alexander Damianisch, Nikolaus Gansterer, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Mariella Greil, Anke Haarmann, Walter Heun, Alice Koubova, Krassimira Kruschkova, Alice Lagaay, Dieter Mersch, Sandra Noeth, Veronika Reichl, Anton Rey, Peter Starner, Elisabeth Schäfer, Michael Schwab, Alice Pechriggl, Helmut Ploebst.
11 July – 14 August 2016 “CHOREO-GRAPHIC FIGURES – SUMMER LAB”: This year’s Summer Lab of the artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line - by artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil and writer-artist Emma Cocker – will take place in collaboration with AILab and ImPulsTanz Festival. Working in dialogue with “the sputniks” Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Christine de Smedt and special guests, the focus for this Lab is on the choreo-graphic qualities of translational processes, shifts of attention, and modes of language. Evolving previous research around notation and radical scores of attention and embodied diagrams, the project focus now turns towards experimental forms of publication, explored through a series of public openings in various formats including lectures, workshops, and performances. Two special intensives are scheduled and opened to a limited number of participants: Intensive I (Shifts of Attention: vigilance, engagement and translational processes) on 23.07. + 24.07.2016 and Intensive II (Modes of Languages: words as material) on 30.07. + 31.07.2016. Participation in both sessions is suggested, but not mandatory! Please make your booking via Impulstanz workshop buero! On Friday 22 July at 18:00 our two special guests of Intensive I will give public lectures at AILab: Dieter Mersch (“Figuration/Defiguration. On the dialectics of”Choreo-Graphy”) and P. A. Skantze (“I’m A Strange Kind of In-Between Thing” ). On Friday 29 July at 18:00 our two special guests of Intensive II will give public lectures at AILab: Brandon LaBelle (“This Weakness That I Am”) and Alva Noë (“Writing Ourselves”). Both Friday Lectures will be moderated by Chris Standfest in conversation with the team and guests of the Choreo-graphic Figures research project. On the 2.8. 2016 the team of Choreo-graphic Figures (Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil, Emma Cocker, Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Christine de Smedt, Jörg Piringer, Werner Moebius, ...) will premiere the durational performance "Choreo-graphic Figures: Body Diagrams" from 16:00-22:00 at AILab, Vienna, Austria.
29 Feb – 12 March 2016 “SPRING LAB – EMBODIED DIAGRAMS”: This Spring, the artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker stage an intensive residency laboratory in collaboration with TanzQuartierWien, Vienna, Austria. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Werner Moebius, Joerg Piringer, Christine de Smedt and other guests this research residency focuses on gesturing with and towards the experience of vitality within the process of live exploration, putting epistemologies, relational processes and the potentials of embodiment through diagrammatic practice under scrutiny. All are cordially invited to join the process on 11th March, 2016, 17:00 - 20:00 for the Spring Lab Opening at the residency laboratory at TanzQuartierStudios.
New article: On An/Notations: ‘Notion of Notation > < Notation of Notion’, an article/artists’ pages produced as a collaboration between Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil has been accepted for inclusion in a forthcoming issue of Performance Research, Vol. 20, Issue 6, ‘On An/Notations’, eds. Scott deLahunta, Kim Vincs and Sarah Whatley. Publication date: 31 December 2015. About the issue: ‘On An/notations’ considers the potential of the surface of the page, alongside other surfaces, including the screen, as sites for engaging with and thinking through performance ideas and processes. An annotation at its simplest level is adding information to information using some kind of mark-up language or tools. This issue will seek to engage projects using a wide range of approaches alongside critical reflection to draw out and make explicit research and insights from within the entanglement of sensing, feeling and thinking that is the body-based practitioner's research field.
7 – 18 December 2015: WINTER LAB – RADICAL SCORES OF ATTENTION II:: The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist/performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at TQW- TanzQuartier Studios, Vienna. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors the Winter Lab focuses on the sharing of practice and working methods of an/notations of notion, the vibrant materiality of language and re-verberating voices - inquiring Radical Scores of Attention. On 12 December 2015, 17:00 - 19:00 a public opening of the Lab is scheduled at TQW- TanzQuartier Studio 3, Vienna. Admission free!
12 – 13 November 2015: “HOW TO DO THINGS WITH ART?”: The conference paper "Choreo-graphic Figures: The Notion >< Notation of Figuring" developed by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil as part of their ongoing project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will be presented at the forthcoming conference, How to Do Things with Art, 11 - 13 November 2015, Aarlborg, Denmark. This conference argues that we must account for the intensity of art, otherwise we can only explain part of our aesthetic experience. This argument is found in critics as diverse as Brian Massumi, Charles Altieri, and Sianne Ngai. Philosophers such as Alfred North Whitehead, Henri Bergson, and Steven Shaviro have argued that much of our perception is not cognitive but intuitive; we connect to the world through our senses. The conference is part of a debate on how to understand our sensory perception of art as part of a larger process. Where most aesthetic and cultural research has focused on matters of meaning, signification, and hermeneutics, this conference asks questions of aisthesis, sensation, and feeling. More than representation, more than form, art is production. Key note speakers: Erin Manning, University Research Chair at Concordia University, Canada; Brian Massumi, Professor at Université de Montréal, Canada; Frederik Tygstrup, Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
29 Oct – 29 Nov 2015: CONTEMPORARY CODE: Opening of the exhibition “Contemporary Code - Artistic Research” presenting 20 selected projects focussing on the artistic research activities at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The exhibition takes place at the gallery of CityU, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong offering an overview of the progress of the ambitious research program - including the ongoing research project Choreo-graphic Figures - Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker - and illuminates current strategies in the field of artistic research. Curated by Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch, Romana Schuler. Watch the trailer video here!
13 July – 14 August 2015: “METHOD LAB II”: The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist-performer Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil and artist-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at the AILab - Innovation Laboratory, Vienna, Austria. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga, Lilia Mestre, Christine de Smedt, Werner Moebius, Joerg Piringer and other guests. Method Lab II focuses on the sharing of practice and working methods of an/notations of notion, the vibrant materiality of language and re-verberating voices - inquiring Radical Scores of Attention. In cooperation with ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna two public openings of the Method Lab at AILab (Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna) are reserved: 25 July 2015, 15:00 – 19:00 and 10 August 2015, 15:00 – 19:00. Admission free!
New article out: Beginnings and Emergences: Choreo-graphic Figures: Beginnings and Emergences, a collaborative research article reflecting on the first year of the project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil, is now published in the online journal RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research, in the forthcoming issue #4 on Process in Artistic Research.
17 April 2015, 18.00: “TONGUES OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH @ TQW ”: FINDING PROBLEMS – DRAWING CONCLUSIONS. A PING PONG" in the framework of the dialogue series "Zungen künstlerischer Forschung / Tongues of Artistic Research" artist/performer Nikolaus Gansterer and theoretician/philosopher Karin Harrasser will discuss which role cultural techniques of notation and inscription do play as underlying instruments of all artistic and scientific practices at Tanzquartier Studios Wien. Free admission!
23 – 28 Feb 2015 “NOTION OF NOTATION >< NOTATION OF NOTION": A public workshop and a series of live investigations of Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker exploring the performative character of notation by practicing kinetic as well as graphic modes of inscription, expanded tactics beyond apparent physical limitations (of the mind, the hand, pencil and paper), attending to the integration of time, sound, movement and narration at a.pass – Centre for advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels, Belgium. Part of the work block "Conditions for the Emergence of Poetics" initiated by Lilia Mestre.
4 December 2014, 17:30: “CHOREO-GRAPHIC FIGURES TALK”: Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present recent findings of their ongoing artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line in the framework of the AP Talk series at the AIL (Angewandte Innovation Lab), Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, Vienna, Austria.
28 Nov 2014, 19:00: “THINKING MATTERS OTHER OTHERS. A TRANSLECTURE”: In the context of "SCORES N°9: no/things" Nikolaus Gansterer will present his performance lecture "Thinking Matters Other Others" at Tanzquartier Wien on the everyday object table, which Gansterer transforms into a kind of sign lab and micro-stage. From 26th - 29th of November SCORES N°9 takes an expanded view on choreography – as a spatial experiment also beyond the body, extended to things, materials, artefacts, to the autonomy of the non-human. How can one extend the choreographic vocabulary with a parcours through the things that surround us and look at us? How can one conceive of dance also without dancers’ bodies or how does the human body second the body of things – and which is secondary and which is primary? Scores No. 9 takes on the challenge of working on a de-centralisation and of rethinking things. By explicitly setting the world of things in motion, and in particular the theatre machinery, questioning embodiments, exposing the apparatus, it focuses the synaesthetic mediality of the choreographic, its fundamental intermedia quality and thereby the transdisciplinary significance of choreography as a contemporary artform. The interferences of living/non-living, subject/object, active/passive, primary/secondary, digital/analogue, nature/culture, chaos/order, matter/discourse, effect/affect, performance/stage work, production/execution, presentation/exhibition will be explored. With contributions by ao. Boyan Manchev, Daniel Aschwanden & Conny Zenk, Mette Ingvartsen, Gabriele Jutz, Nikolaus Gansterer, Lisa Hinterreithner & Jack Hauser, Micha Purucker, Roland Rauschmeier, Marie-Luise Angerer, Clément Layes. Curated by Krassimira Kruschkova, Walter Heun, Gabrielle Cram and the team of TQW. Please download detailed programme folder here!
14 Nov 2014, 18.00: “TONGUES OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH at TQW ”: Gesa Ziemer and Mariella Greil will give a double lecture on artistic research: “What For? / ...because the thought of the action hangs around (Wozu? / ...denn das Denken der Hand / lungert herum/ ” at the Tanzquartier / Studio in Vienna. Key researcher Mariella Greil will talk about Artistic Research by arguing that artistic research generates a knowledge that "loiters, does not (yet) know to do something productive" and present “Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line” . Learn more - please join - admission free!
6 + 7 November 2014: “PARENTHESIS – AN UN/CONFERENCE”: Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will share and stage findings from their ongoing research project at the forthcoming SARN interdisciplinary artistic research Un-Conference at HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, organized by the Swiss Artistic Research Network & HEAD Geneva, ECAV Sierre. Please find the detailed programme here.
30 + 31 Oct. 2014: OPERATION ON THE OPEN HEART: A conference by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Society for Artistic Research at the new AILab, Vienna, Austria bringing together international artistic researchers and colleagues exploring how artistic practice advances society through insight driven educational activities. Colleagues from different artistic practices will report on their individual and collaborative work settings - their settings of production. Practice often differs from perception; what are the consequences of closely linking artistic practice? What of Alfredo Jaar’s claim that "99% of Artistic Practice is Research?" Nikolaus Gansterer will present recent artistic research projects and give an update about the ongoing "Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line" Project. Further contributions by Baerbel Mueller, Hans Schabus, Mette Ingvartsen Carmen Brucic, Christina Lammer, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Anna Moreno, Barbara Putz-Plecko. With an introduction by Gerald Bast and Gerhard Eckel. Please find the detailed programme here.
23 – 27 September 2014: Conference: BODY DIAGRAMS – On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture: Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil will be presenting a performance-lecture based on their ongoing research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line, as part of the Body Diagrams: On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture conference, a symposium on body semiotics at the 14th international Congress of the German Society of Semiotics 2014 “Verstehen und Verständigung” [Comprehension and understanding] at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
13 September – 19 September 2014: „AUTUMN MEETING I: How Then?“: Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil and Emma Cocker reflect on Method Lab processes and expanded practices developed in the creative research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line. This work intensive at Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme stays permeable for discursive, methodic and epistemological practice while focused on the continuation of a line of thought started during Method Lab I.
14 July – 11 August 2014: “METHOD LAB I: WHAT IF?”: The interdisciplinary research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line by artist Nikolaus Gansterer, choreographer Mariella Greil and art-writer Emma Cocker is in residence at the Impulstanz Festival Vienna. In dialogue with a team of international critical interlocutors including Alex Arteaga (ES/D), Lilia Mestre (PT/BE) and other guests Method Lab I focuses on the sharing of practice and working methods between the key researchers, in order that set disciplinary ways of operating might gradually become undisciplined, unlearnt, undone, reversed or upturned by experimenting ‘between the lines’ of drawing, choreography, and writing. What if line becomes movement or sound; what if language is danced; what if words are drawn rather than written? All are cordially invited to join on 5 August 2014, 15:00 - 19:00 for the Method Lab Opening at the residency laboratory: Probebühne des Schauspielhauses, Rechte Wienzeile 73 (backyard), 1050 Vienna, Austria. Schedule: 15.00 > The Method Lab will be open to the public, and the key researchers available to informally discuss the project, Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line 16.00 > A Live Exploration Processes and approaches developed during the Method Lab will be presented through a Live Exploration in order to make visible various intensities of the research process through the re-visitation of key moments of shared enquiry. The Live Exploration will be followed by an opportunity for discussion around the issues and questions emerging within the Method Lab. 18.00 > The Method Lab will remain open to the public, with refreshments provided.