Proxemia – The Co-creation of Space

Proxemia – The Co-creation of Space
Nikolaus Gansterer Psychoreographies 2015 Objects, designs, video projections with live video and media player, Mpeg4-file, during 40 minutes, variable dimentions performance and installation at MUCEM di Marsiglia Courtesy of Galleria Marie Laure Fleisch and the artist

Nikolaus Gansterer | Monika Grzymala Exhibition at Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

Proxemia (in English Proxemics) is the study of nature and the degree and effect of the separation and spatial proximity that individuals maintain in various social and interpersonal situations, and how this behaviour varies depending on environmental and cultural factors.

Nikolaus Gansterer and Monika Grzymala first met during the recent exhibition Drawing Now at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and it was then that they started to plan a joint exhibition project to be presented at Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch.

This is how Proxemia – The Co-creation of Space, was born, an experimental project in which the two artists transform the Rome exhibition space into an empirical device to verify the meaning of gesture and distance by investigating into non-verbal communication. Following Henri Lefebvre’s thesis on space as a complex social construction (based on values and the social production of meaning) which affects our habits and spatial perception, the gallery is mapped and decoded as a social, physical and psychological structure.

Proxemia – The Co-creation of Space
Monica Grzymala Studio Berlin 2013
Silver gelatin printed on fiber paper, 70×40 cm, Ed.2/3
Courtesy of Galleria Marie Laure Fleischand the artist

Artist and performer, Nikolaus Gansterer is profoundly interested in the connection between drawing, thought and action. In his artistic research he draws out the intrinsic interconnecting structures that exist between culture and science. Through a recombination of his own methodology and approach in both fields, he identifies distinct lines which interconnect and separate, thus questioning the imaginary division that exists between nature and culture, science and art. The aesthetic result is translated into a series of idealised and material objects which refer to the field of scientific research: blackboards with diagrams and graphs, laboratory benches, drawings on glass plates, sculptures reminiscent of models of chemical structures.

Monika Grzymala’s dramatic and sinuous three-dimensional drawings unfold across tens of metres as swathes of linear or tangled adhesive tape which connect arches, columns, corners and walls. Observing the lines traced in space, we perceive another dimension—as if stolen by the very same drawing—within the confines of its fundamental elements: line and paper, paper and line, space and time, a space for awareness, a time for infinite transformation, even the ephemeral; in short, the beauty of the cycle of life.

Proxemia – The Co-creation of Space
Monica Grzymala Raumzeichnung (Shifting) 2015
Site-specific installation, 1,5 km scotch tape of black paper
Exhibition view at Galerie Crone, Berlino
Courtesy of the artist

Gansterer and Grzymala both explore the condition of creation and perception of space by examining distance and proximity in their individual visual languages. These processes are shared by both artists and are translated through gesture and action to create this joint exhibition. To form, re-form, de-form, write over, erase, re-draw and re-create are all graphic representations which become visible traces in their on-going work. In order to explore individually and jointly the spatial dimension and create new images, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch will be transformed for a week into a part of the artists’ bodies and interpersonal interactions.


From December 9, 2015 to February 6, 2016

Opening: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6.30 pm

Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

Via di Pallacorda 15

monday-friday 14.00-20.00

saturday 16.00 – 20.00

mornings and sundays booking required

free entrance


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