Nestler is an artist and researcher who combines theory and conversation with video, installation, performance, codes, data, signs, sound and speech. For over 20 years, Nestler has been exploring the derivative condition of social relations, its models and technologies, infrastructures and operations, fictions and narratives. In recent years, his research has focused on the regime change from representational to performative speech of power – induced by the derivative paradigm’s grip on creating futurity at present – and how its data-driven exploitation affects societies from economies to politics to individual lives.
In parallel, Nestler works on an aesthetics of resolution that aims against black box access and information asymmetry by activating the multilayered semantic field of the term as an alternative conception to transparency. The project explores how enhancing resolution across the term’s spectrum of meanings can exceed critique towards resistance as insurrection. As a consequence, he engages with renegade activism as a collaborative praxis to make the black box speak from inside. As part of these practices, Nestler realizes postdisciplinary formats that bring together art, theory, science and other fields of expertise.