Gerald is an artist and writer, and sometimes curator, who combines theory and conversation with video, installation, performance and speech. He explores what he terms the “derivative condition” of contemporary relations in which finance-based models, methodologies and narratives form a world-producing apparatus that shapes the experience of the present by preconfiguring the future.
His practice is often based on postdisciplinary formats that bring together art, theory, science and other fields of expertise.
His current research focuses on an "aesthetics of resolution" and its potential counter-imaginations against the performative speech of technocapitalist power. This approach is based on the "figure of the renegade"—a traitor within (black box) systems but an educator beyond their confines. While the renegade is a marginal and ambivalent figure, she at the same time embodies a move from critique to new forms of dissent and insurrection.
Gerald graduated from the Academy of fine arts Vienna (MFA, 1992). In the early 1990s, he focused on digital media and early Internet art. As a consequence of a growing interest in the economy as a pervasive field of social relations, he pursued artistic fieldwork in financial markets as a broker and trader (1994-97).
He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith, University of London.
His artistic work has been shown internationally and he received the Austrian State Scholarship for Visual Art (2003), AIR grants for Beijing (2008), Krumau (2010) and New York/ISCP (2016), and the PhD-research bursury grant of the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths (2010), among many other grants and awards.
He is a member of the Technopolitics research group, Vienna, and a founder of the art series
THE FUTURE OF DEMONSTRATION (concept: Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler; artistic directors: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler and Maximilian Thoman).
ACTIVITIES | COLLABORATIONS (selection)
2017 / 2018
THE FUTURE OF DEMONSTRATION. Media Art Festival of the City of Vienna.
Artistic director with Sylvia Eckermann & Maximilian Thoman.
PhD, Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Editor (with Suhail Malik): “Special Issue on Art and Finance,” Finance and Society.
Member of the Volatility Working Group, a collaboration between The New School and New York University, both New York (initiated by Benjamin Lee and Robert Wosnitzer).
Editor (with Armen Avanessian): Making of Finance (MERVE Verlag, Berlin).
Curator (with Sylvia Eckermann & Maximilian Thoman): SOCIAL GLITCH, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, WUK and MQ Vienna.
Ö1 Radiokolleg expert for “The ABC of Finance.”
2013 / 2014
Researcher at Forensic Architecture, London.
Member, Technopolitics working group (initiated by Armin Medosch, Brian Holmes).
Editor (with Dieter Buchhart): KUNSTFORUM INTERNATIONAL, issues 200 + 201.
Artist book and reader on artistic research, Y x . fluid taxonomies—enlitened elevation—voided dimensions—human derivatives —vibrations in hyperreal econociety, Schlebrügge Editors, Vienna.
2000 - 2002
Co-founder of interventionist art consulting firm nac – nexus art consulting, Vienna.
1994 - 1997
Artistic field research as broker and trader.
1993 - 2005
Member of Triton association for media art projects.
1993 - 1994
Staff member at Hilus-intermedial project analysis.
1992 - 1993
Staff member at The Thing Vienna.
Mag.art (MFA), Academy of fine arts Vienna (with distinction).
PROJECTS | SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
. Art series THE FUTURE OF DEMONSTRATION. Season 2: PASSION. Atelier Augarten, Vienna. Artistic directors: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman.
. 10. Tage der Politik im freien Theater. Three days of artistic and discursive interventions, Muffatwerk, Munich, curated with Sylvia Eckermann. In collaboration with Dietmar Lupfer.
. Technopolitics@SIGraDI Conference, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Technopolitics Timeline exhibition, workshops and lecture.
. Über_Leben. Entropy. Interactive media-space-installation and performatives ART-LAB, artistic contribution; a project by Thomas J. Jelinek, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong. Künstlerhaus 1050, Vienna.
. 1948 UNBOUND – TECHNOSPHERE Projekt (2013-2018). Curator of the SWITCHES section and participation in the TOKENS section, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.
. THE FUTURE OF DEMONSTRATION. Season 1: VERMÖGEN. Reaktor, Vienna.
Artistic directors: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman.
. Tecnopolitics@PatchlabDigitalArtFestival, Krakow. Exhibition and lectures.
. ENTROPY ROADSIDE AREA, Ars Electronica, Linz.
. Technopolitics@ConnectingSpaces, Hong Kong, exhibition and workshops in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts and Connecting Space, Hong Kong.
. Tracing Information Society – a Timeline: New Paradigms, Technopolitics @ ever elusive – 30 years of transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and @ nGbK Berlin, exhibition, lectures, workshops).
. INSTANTERNITY – A BLACK BOX BODY CULT. A performative cartography of automated finance. With Haim Bodek, Sylvia Eckermann and the performers Davide De Lillis, Eva Müller, and Sebastian Collado. VORBRENNER17, Freies Theater Innsbruck.
. OPERA OF ENTROPY. Post-dramatic music theatre. A coproduction by nomad.theatre and Musiktheatertage Wien, Werk X, Vienna, artistic director: Thomas J. Jelinek.
. I STOOD BEFORE THE SOURCE, group show, curated by Letters & Handshakes, Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto Mississauga.
. Tracing Information Society – A Timline. Technopolitics @ MAK. Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, AT (exhibition, lectures, workshops).
. THE PROMISE OF AUTOMATION, group show, curated by Anne Faucheret, Kunsthalle Vienna.
. SOCIAL GLITCH. Radical aesthetics and the consequences of extreme events, curated by Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, WUK, MQ Vienna.
. HEDGE AVANTGARDE. Renegades, Traitors, Educators. An Aesthetic of Resolution, solo show, kunstraum Bernsteiner, Vienna.
. You can’t have a system in which you don’t have anything, with Armen Avanessian. Public program artgenève, curated by Joanna Warsza, Geneva.
. ENTROPY. A pataphysical Journey to the End of the World and back. Nomad.theatre,
. FORENSIS. Curated by Anselm Franke and Eyal Weizman, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
. Rencontres International, nouveau cinema et art contemporain, Gaité Lyrique, Paris & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
. Parallel Vienna, by invitation of kunstraum Bernsteiner.
. The Vienna Model, ACF – Austrian Cultural Forum New York, USA
. GLITCH. Unser Schreibzeug arbeitet mit an unseren Gedanken, curator and artist, with medien.kunst.tirol, Kunstraum Innsbruck, AT
. ON PURPOSE. The New Derivative Order, solo show, Kunstraum Bernsteiner Vienna.
. Kunstgastgeber 012, KÖR (art in public spaces Vienna), group show, curated by Gerald Straub.
. Breathe My Air, Austrian AIR programme group show in Chengdu, CN.
. SUPERGLUE. Performing artistic research on scientific research. Vienna Art Week, with Gerald Straub.
. METAmART, group show, Künstlerhaus Wien, curated by Lorenz Seidler (eSeL).
. Businesslunch. Lunch break. Colleagues. Canteen. with Gerald Straub, Vienna Art Week.
. Breathe My Air—a paradoxical conversation piece. 3-channel video installation, with Sylvia Eckermann. Solo show, curated by Li Zhenhua, Shanghai eARTS, 4zero space, Hangzhou.
. Austrian Pavilion at the EXPO 2010, 64-channel-video projection, with Sylvia Eckermann and peyote cross design, Shanghai.
. The Trend Is Your Friend. Solo project with Sylvia Eckermann, steirischer herbst 09, MKL/Kunsthaus Graz.
. The House is on Fire But he Show Must Go On, group show curated by Stefan Bidner, Kunstraum Innsbruck.
. Mifan, Anni Gallery, 798 Art District Beijing, group show, curated by Karel Dudesek, ASAP, Peking.
Beijing & babu Gallery, group show, curated by Matthias Meinharter, ASAP, Shenzhen.
. Breathe My Air, with Sylvia Eckermann, solo show, CPU:798 art space, Dashanzi, Beijing.
. In Ninth Heaven, with Sylvia Eckermann and Peter Szely, solo show, Museum Stein, Krems.
. Plastic Trade-Off, with S. Eckermann, group show working_world.net, Museum Arbeitswelt Steyr.
. NOWHERE – ein welt raum spiel. media@terra, International Art+Technology Festival, Athens; Dashanzi International Art Festival, Beijing, CN; International Digital Art Festival, Changzhou, CN; aut.architektur und tirol, Innsbruck.
. umspannen – drawing options, solo shows at Platform-space for art Dana Charkasi, Vienna + Kunstraum Innsbruck.
. Beijing Cubic Art Center, solo show with Sylvia Eckermann, curated by Yao Bin and Li Zhenhua, Dashanzi-798, Beijing, CN
. update, group show, Künstlerhaus Vienna, AT.
. RE-ACT, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, group show curated by Dieter Buchhart and Anna Karina Hofbauer, Copenhagen.
. Form 4 Enlitened Elevation, solo show/intervention, Industriellenvereinigung, Vienna.
. Sexy Curves Revisited – Inside the Data Wave, Biennale de Valencia.
. projectfriend~ship at fluc, with Oliver Irschitz, Praterstern, Vienna.
. projectfriend~ship, performative intervention at the CeBit and online, with Oliver Irschitz, Hannover.
. Social Engine Money, with Toni Kleinlercher, group show curated by Gottfried Hattinger, O.K.Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz.
. CEOs, video portrait series (until 2005), with Toni Kleinlercher.
. Real Data Stampede. Real data concert for mass media and computer, a project by Thomas Feuerstein, with Thomas Bergmann, Peter Chiocchetti, Mathias Fuchs, Gerald Nestler, Peter Riedelsperger, Elmar Schaber, Utopia, Innsbruck.
TALKS | DISCUSSIONS | WORKSHOPS (selection)
. Pod save Austria. Addressing the State of the Nation(s). Curated by Alexander Martos. Live radio and podcast. With Elena Esposito, Joseph Vogl, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna.
Entropy, panel discussion at Künstlerhaus.1050, Vienna.
. Host and speaker, The Future of Demonstration seminars, Vienna.
Talk at SIGraDi 2018 conference, University of Sao Paolo, Sao Carlos, Brazil.
. Talk and panel discussion Technopolitics – Tracing Information Society – a Timeline: New Paradigms, "ever elusive - 30 years of transmediale", Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
. Finance and Society, special issue on Art and Finance. Launch at P!, New York.
. Presentation + Q&A on the artistic research project INSTANTERNITY. With Haim Bodek and Sylvia Eckermann, moderated by Mark Tribe. Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
Lecture and conversation with Elie Ayache, Volatility Research Group, The New School, New York, USA.
. The Politics of Resolution. Lecture and discussion; in collaboration with Parallax Drift facultymember Victoria Ivanova, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, USA.
. Opening keynote and plenary panel, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, AT.
. Keynote and discussion with Gunter Dunkel (CEO Nord/LB), Digital Archives exhibition, Kunstverein Hannover.
. Lecture, panel discussion: book launch of Elie Ayache, The Medium of Contingency (with the author and Philippe Henrotte), Musee Sursock, Beirut.
. Lecture series Die Sprache des Geldes. New Design University St. Pölten.
. Lecture, Day In Day Out – Störungen des Digitalen, Dresden.
. Lecture Renewable Futures Conference, RIXC, Riga.
. Lecture, ISEA 15, Vancouver.
. Talk at the International Workshop On the Cultures of High-Frequency Trading, and their Regulations. With Christian Borch, Nathan Coombs, Roland Gemayel, Ann-Christine Lange, Karin Knorr Cetina, Alexander Laumonier, Marc Lenglet, Donald MacKenzie, Yuval Millo, Gerald Nestler, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Alex Preda, Robert Seyfert, University of Konstanz.
. Making of Finance. Book launch, with Elie Ayache, Armen Avanessian at Schinkelpavillon, Berlin & with Elie Ayache, Armin Medosch, Ina Zwerger at Kunstraum Bernsteiner, Vienna (MERVE).
. Lecture at the A FEW REASONS FOR A NON DISMISSIVE ART conference, esap – escolar superior artistica de porto at Serralves Museum, Porto.
. Lecture and panel discussion, technopolitics salon at ViennaOpen 2014, festival for Open Design, Postdigital Strategies and Open Society, Vienna.
. Lecture and artistic intervention, Paris Market Seminar, organised by Jon Roffe and Elie Ayache, hosted by ITO33, Paris.
. Lecture „Artistic Research on Algorithmic Finance“, Technopolitics Workshop, Vienna.
. Keynote, Autonomies, Napon – Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies, Novi Sad, SRB.
. Lecture performance “Carry Cargo Cult”, What Would Thomas Bernhard Do?, Kunsthalle Vienna.
. Lecture, “Kunst fördert Wissenschaft" symposium, [ID]factory, TU Dortmund.
. Keynote, amber'12 Art and Technology Festival, Istanbul.
. Panel discussion with Elie Ayache and Karin Knorr-Cetina, Kunstraum Bernsteiner, Vienna.
. Panel discussion with Brian Holmes, Kunstraum Bernsteiner, Vienna.
. Panel discussion, Kunsthalle Vienna Award 2011, Kunsthalle Vienna project space.
. Lecture and panel discussion, TINAG Festival London
. Lecture and panel discussion, RODEO-Festival, Munich.
. KISS – Culture in School and Study. BDK-art education project in cooperation with Siemens Foundation and Robert Bosch foundation. With Robert Hausmann and Matthias Laabs, Dresden.
. Die Aktie als Bild, book presentation and discussion with Irini Athanassakis (author) and Christian Reder, Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna.
. Book launch Gerald Nestler, Y.x, artist book & reader, Salon für Kunst Buch, Vienna.
. Art & Economy – aspects in research and practice, lecture at the University of Applied Arts, Department of Transmedia Art, Prof. Brigitte Kowanz, Vienna.
. Finance and Economy as artistic fields of research, lecture at Webster University Vienna, Department of Visual Culture, Prof. Dr. Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser, Vienna.
. „Art and Finance: Critique, Speculation and Infrastructural Projections,“ in: Routledge Handbook to Critical Finance Studies. With Victoria Ivanova (forthcoming)
. Aesthetics of Resolution. A postdisciplinary approach to counter the technocapitalist black box, SIGraDi 18, “Technopoliticas,” University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (peer-reviewed).
. Finance and Society, Vol. 4, No 1 (2018). A Conversation by Christian Klöckner and Stefanie Müller with Gerald Nestler (peer-reviewed).
. “A-Symmetry. Algorithmic Finance and the Dark Side of the Efficient Market,” Risk Equipment. Technosphere Magazine, #9, April 2017, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
. Finance and Society vol. 2/1, art and finance, ed. with Suhail Malik (peer-reviewed).
. “Towards a Poietics of Resolution,” in: Journal for Research Cultures Vol.1/1 (peer-reviewed).
. SOCIAL GLITCH, catalogue, ed. with Sylvia Eckermann, Maximilian Thoman.
. “Social Glitch,” issue of the web journal continent, ed. with Bernhard Garnicnig, Maximilian Thoman.
. MAKING OF FINANCE, book, ed. with Armen Avanessian, MERVE Veralg, Berlin.
. „Mayhem in Mahwah. The Case of the Flash Crash or Forensic Reperformance In Deep Time“, in: FORENSIS: The Architecture of Public Truth, Sternberg Press, Berlin
. AUTONOMIES, catalogue, Napon – Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies, Novi Sad.
. Essay, What’s next. Art After the Crisis. A Reader, with Sylvia Eckermann, edited by Johannes M. Hedinger and Tobias Meyer.
. Essay, Paratactic Commons, catalogue, amber’12 Art and Technology Festival, Istanbul.
. Essay, Kunst fördert Wissenschaft 2010, [ID]factory, Technical University Dortmund.
. The New City Reader, Issue 9: Legal, “The Last Newspaper,” New Museum New York, USA; collection of texts by members of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, London.
. KUNSTFORUM INTERNATIONAL issues 200 + 201, Art and Economy, ed. with Dieter Buchhart.
. The Trend Is Your Friend, catalogue, steirischer herbst 09, Media Art Lab/Kunsthaus Graz.
. KUNSTFORUM INTERNATIONAL 197, artist portrait, interview by Dieter Buchhart.
. Gerald Nestler, Y x . fluid taxonomies—enlitened elevation—voided dimensions—human derivatives—vibrations in hyperreal econociety, artist book/reader, Schlebrügge Editors, Vienna.
. “Derivative Narrative” in: Mission Resonance, sonance.artistic.networt, catalogue, Vienna.
. WORKING.WORLD.NET, catalogue, Museum Arbeitswelt Steyr.
. n o w h e r e – ein welt raum spiel, catalogue, Beijing Cubic Art Center/11-art.com.
. Re-Act, catalogue, Nicolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center.
. CEOs & Sexy Curves, review, KUNSTFORUM INTERNATIONAL 149.
. Social Engine Money, catalogue, O.K. Centrum for Contemporary Art, Linz.