Recombinant Creation – Media Projects at the Interface of Art and Design
In this lecture Christa Sommerer will give an overview of various interactive artworks, prototypes, proof of concepts as well as research studies from her own art practice as well as projects from the Interface Cultures department in Linz, Austria. Together with Laurent Mignonneau she creates intuitive interfaces for human-plant interactions, generative art works, media archaeological devices as well as critical reflections on the economy of attention. In this lecture various applications of creative and innovative interaction designs in media art, architecture, health care or music will be presented and analyzed.
Christa Sommerer is an internationally renowned media artist, researcher and pioneer of interactive art. Currently she is a professor and head of the department for Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. She is also an Obel Guest professor at Aalborg University, Denmark and at Guest Professor (Chaire International) together with Laurent Mignonneau at Université Paris 8 in Paris, France. Together with Laurent Mignonneau she has created around 30 interactive artworks, for which they received numerous awards such the *2012* *Wu Guanzhong Art and Science Innovation Prize (for "Escape") *awarded by Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica, the Ovation Award of the Interactive Media Festival Los Angeles, the Multi Media Award'95 of the Multimedia Association, Japan, the World Technology Award - Finalist in The Arts of the World Technology Network, UK and the PRIZE 2008 - uni:invent Award by Ministry of Science and Research in Austria.
Sommerer & Mignonneau have been exhibiting in around 250 international exhibitions, these works are part of museums and collections around the world. They have published four books: Gerfried Stocker, Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau (Eds.) Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau - Interactive Art Research, 2009. Springer Verlag Vienna/New York; Christa Sommerer, Lakhmi C. Jain, Laurent Mignonneau,(Eds.) The Art and Science of Interface and Interaction Design, 2008. Springer Verlag, XIV, 190 p. 69 illus. Hardcover Studies in Computational Intelligence, Volume 141; Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau, Dorothée King (eds.) Interface Cultures Artistic Aspects of Interaction August 2008, Transcript Verlag; C. Sommerer and L. Mignonneau, Art @ Science (Vienna/New York: Springer Verlag, 1998) ISBN 3-211-82953-9