Nikolaus studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (1997–2002) and completed his studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy at Maastricht in The Netherlands (2005–2006). He is co-founder of the Institute for Transacoustic Research in Vienna and lectures at the University of Applied Art in Vienna, Austria where he was Guest Professor at the Center Research Focus in 2016.
As an artist, performer, and researcher Nikolaus Gansterer is deeply interested in the relational field that unfolds between drawing, thinking, and action. In installations and performances he traces the translatability of phenomena of perception into an artistic environment. In transmedial works, he focuses on mapping ephemeral and emergent processes, unfolding their immanent structures of interconnectedness, and questioning the imaginary threshold between nature and culture, art and philosophy.
Gansterer’s fascination with the complex character of diagrammatic figures has led to his book Drawing a Hypothesis(2011/2017) on the ontology of shapes of visualizations and on the development of the diagrammatic perspective and its use in contemporary art and science. From 2014–2018, Nikolaus Gansterer was leading key researcher of the interdisciplinary artistic research project Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Linesin which innovative systems of notation between the lines of drawing, writing and choreography were explored and developed.