Laurent Mignonneau

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • University of Art and Design Linz (Kunst Universität Linz), Interface Cultures Department, _Professor

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  • ISEA2022

    Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are internationally renowned media artists working in the field of interactive computer installation. They are Professors at the University of Art and Design in Linz Austria where they head the Department for Interface Culture at the Institute for Media. Sommerer and Mignonneau previously held positions as Professors at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan and as Researchers and Artistic Directors at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan. They also were Visiting Researchers at the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US, the Beckmann Institute in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA and the NTT-InterCommunication Center in Tokyo.


    Laurent Mignonneau studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Angouleme, France (1988-91), and went to the CNBDI Department of Infography, Angouleme, France (1988-91), before his post graduate study at the Staedelschule Institut for New Media, Frankfurt (1993-94). He then was an artist-in-resident at the NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Application, Beckman Institute (US) and at the InterCommunication Center ICC-NTT (JP).


    Laurent Mignonneau(FR), Interface Cultures Department, University of Art and Design, Linz, Austria


    Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer are 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.

    Mignonneau and Sommerer have created around 20 artworks, for which they received numerous awards such the Wu Guanzhong Art and  Science Innovation Prize by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica Award. They have exhibited in around 250 exhibitions worldwide and their artworks are in collections such as the ZKM Media Museum Karlsruhe, the NTT-ICC Museum Tokyo, the Itau Cultural Foundation Sao Paulo, The View Contemporary Art Space Switzerland, the Contemporary Art Museum Lyon, FR, and Hermès Paris, FR.


    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.


    Laurent Mignonneau studies include Experimental Music, Applied Arts and Design and Computer Graphics. Since 1992 Sommerer and Mignonneau collaborate in the research for new interfaces and real-time interactive computer installations and the field of “Artificial Life”

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  • France, French Republic

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  • AT

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