- Year of birth, place
- 1964, Gmunden, Austria
- Role at the ZKM
- Artist of the Collection
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 1985-1990 Art Education Study, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (M.A.) 1985-1990 Art Study in Modern Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (M.A.) 1991-1993 Post Graduate Study, Staedelschule Institut for New Media, Frankfurt (with Peter Weibel) ab 1992 Collaboration with Laurent Mignonneau 1993-1994 Artist-in-Residence, NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Application, Beckman Institute, Urbana, IL USA 1994-1995 Artist-in-Residence, NTT-ICC InterCommunication Center, Tokyo 1995-2001 Artistic Director & Researcher at ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Laboratories, Kyoto 1996 Organization of »ART-Science-ATR«-Symposium, Kyoto 1997 Editor of the publication »Art @ Science«, Springer, Wien/New York 1997-1999 Associate Professor, International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Gifu 2000 Guest Professor, University of Art and Design, Linz 2001 Visiting Research Fellow, MIT, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge/Boston 2002 Ph.D. degree from CAiiA-Star (Prof. Roy Ascott), University of Wales College of Art, Newport 2001-2003 Researcher & Artistic Director, ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Laboratories, Kyoto 2002 Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto 2001-2004 Associate Professor, International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Gifu 2004-heute Professor, InterfaceCulture Lab, Institute for Media, University of Art and Design, Linz 2014 Obel Guest Professors, Art & Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark 2015 Chaire Internationale Paris 8 University, ATI Labex 2017 Visiting Professor, Tsukuba University, Empowerment Informatics Program Department 2019 Visiting Professor, CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Artworks in connection with the ZKM: »The Interactive Plant Growing«