Christa Sommerer

Christa Sommerer is an internationally renowned media artist working in the field of interactive computer installation. She is currently a professor at the University of Art and Design in Linz Austria where she heads the Department for Interface Culture at the Institute for Media. Previously she held a position as Artistic Director and Researcher at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto, Japan, where she led a research team to design interactive environments that combine novel human-machine interaction experiences, artificial life and evolutionary image design. In 1992 Sommerer teamed up with French media artist Laurent Mignonneau, and they created numerous interactive computer installations, which have been called "epoch making" (Toshiharu Itoh, NTT-ICC museum) and have subsequently been presented in countless media exhibitions and media collections around the world. Sommerer and Mignonneau have won mayor international media awards, including the "Golden Nica" Ars Electronica Award for Interactive Art. Sommerer has published numerous research papers on Artificial Life, interactivity, interface design and complexity and currently finishes her Ph.D. degree at CAiiA-STAR, University of Wales College of Art, Newport, UK. In 1998, together with Laurent Mignonneau, she edited the book Art@Science published by Springer Verlag Vienna/New York (ISBN 3-211-82953-9).

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Journal Articles

Special Section: A-Life in Art, Design, Edutainment, Games and Research

Special Section Introduction

August 2001

Creating Artificial Life for Interactive Art and Entertainment

August 2001

Modeling the Emergence of Complexity: Complex Systems, the Origin of Life and Interactive On-Line Art

April 2002
Artists' Article

Art as a Living System: Interactive Computer Artworks

June 1999