Christa Sommerer

Year of birth, place
1964, Gmunden, Austria
Role at the ZKM
Artist of the Collection
Group
Biography

Christa Sommerer's works, which are created in collaboration with »Laurent Mignonneau«, are located in the intermediate field of art, science and technology. Based on simulations of artificial life, they develop creative environments for interaction and involve visitors in the work process. The confrontation of real and virtual systems demands a conscious interaction and illustrates the interaction and cooperation of both models.

1982-1985  Biology and Botany Study, University of Vienna
1985-1990Art Education Study, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (M.A.)
1985-1990Art Study in Modern Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (M.A.)
1991-1993Post Graduate Study, Staedelschule Institut for New Media, Frankfurt (with Peter Weibel)
ab 1992Collaboration with Laurent Mignonneau
1993-1994Artist-in-Residence, NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Application, Beckman Institute, Urbana, IL USA
1994-1995Artist-in-Residence, NTT-ICC InterCommunication Center, Tokyo
1995-2001Artistic Director & Researcher at ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Laboratories, Kyoto
1996Organization of »ART-Science-ATR«-Symposium, Kyoto
1997Editor of the publication »Art @ Science«, Springer, Wien/New York
1997-1999Associate Professor, International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Gifu
2000Guest Professor, University of Art and Design, Linz
2001Visiting Research Fellow, MIT, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge/Boston
2002Ph.D. degree from CAiiA-Star (Prof. Roy Ascott), University of Wales College of Art, Newport
2001-2003Researcher & Artistic Director, ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Laboratories, Kyoto
2002Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto
2001-2004Associate Professor, International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Gifu
2004-heuteProfessor, InterfaceCulture Lab, Institute for Media, University of Art and Design, Linz
2014Obel Guest Professors, Art & Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark
2015Chaire Internationale Paris 8 University, ATI Labex
2017Visiting Professor, Tsukuba University, Empowerment Informatics Program Department
2019Visiting Professor, CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Artworks in connection with the ZKM:
»The Interactive Plant Growing«