Christa Sommerer

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  • Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, IAMAS, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, University of Art and Design Linz, Austria, and Aalborg University


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    Christa Sommerer is an internationally renowned media artist, researcher and pioneer of interactive art. After working, researching and teaching in the US and Japan for 10 years, she together with Laurent Mignonneau set up the department for Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. She studied with Roy Ascott at the University of Wales College of Art, Newport in the UK where she obtained a PhD. She previously worked at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan, at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan, the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US, the Beckmann Institute in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA, the NTT-InterCommunication Center in Tokyo. She was a Visiting Professor at CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts Bejing in 2019, a Visiting Professor at Tsukuba University Empowerment Informatics Studio in 2018 and an Obel Guest Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark from 2014-2016. Together with Laurent Mignonneau she created around 40 interactive artworks that have been exhibited in around 350 international exhibitions. She received numerous awards, f.e. the 2016 ARCO BEEP Award in Madrid Spain, the 2012 Wu Guanzhong Art and Science Innovation Prize which was bestowed by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the 1994 Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica Award.


    Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneauare internationally renowned media artists and researchers. They studied with media art pioneers Peter Weibel and Roy Ascott. They worked 10 years in Japan at ATR Research Laboratories in Kyoto and as Associate Professors at the IAMAS in Gifu. Currently Sommerer and Mignonneau are professor and heads of the Interface Cultures Department at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Sommerer is also a Obel Guest Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. Mignonneau and Sommerer have created 30 pioneering interactive artworks which they have exhibited in around 250 exhibitions worldwide.


    Christa Sommerer, University of Art and Design Linz, AT


    Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau are artists and researchers working in the field of interactive computer instal­lations that combine artificial life, art, science, real-time inter­action and communication. They have received numerous awards, such as the Golden Nica Award for Interactive Art at the Ars Electronica 94 Festival, the Ovation Award at the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles in 1995 and many others. Their works are installed permanently in several muse­ums such as: ZKM Media museum Karlsruhe, ICC InterCommunication Museum Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. They both are researchers and artis­tic directors at the ATR Advanced Telecommunications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan and also hold a Professor position at the IAMAS Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu Japan. In 1995 they organized and chaired an international conference called ART-Science-ATR, at ATR Kyoto, and in 1997 they published and edited a book called Art C@ Science in Springer Edition Vienna/New York dealing with the recent developments in the collaboration of art and science.


    Christa Sommerer, Austria, (Institut für Neue Medien) Christa Sommerer studied Biology (Botany) and Arts (Sculpture) in Vienna, Austria. Since 1990 she works on the combination of Arts and Science. Early works questioned this relationship in a metaphorical sense.

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  • Denmark, Austria

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