The Artwork as a Living System

Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau
“Corona Diary”, video, ©2020

OK Linz
The Artwork as a Living System
Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are two of the most innovative and internationally renowned media artists and researchers.

They have been working in the field of interactive art since the 1990s and their broad artistic oeuvre deals with natural and artificial life, human and electronic communication, and the involvement of the audience in an “open” work.

The retrospective at OK Linz is a tribute to their life’s work as internationally active media artists, pioneers, researchers and teachers of interactive art and shows works from 1992 to 2021.

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, Eau de Jardin, 2014. © Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau. Photo: Tobias Wootton, ZKM.

OK Linz
La obra de arte como sistema vivo
Christa Sommerer y Laurent Mignonneau

Christa Sommerer y Laurent Mignonneau son dos de los artistas e investigadores de medios más innovadores y de renombre internacional.

Trabajan en el campo del arte interactivo desde la década de 1990 y su amplia obra artística trata sobre la vida natural y artificial, la comunicación humana y electrónica, y la participación del público en una obra “abierta”.

La retrospectiva en OK Linz es un tributo al trabajo de su vida como artistas de medios, pioneros, investigadores y profesores de arte interactivo internacionalmente activos y muestra obras de 1992 a 2021.


Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau. Life Writer (2006)
Description and video page

Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau. The Artwork as a Living System
Sat, May 07, 2022 – Sun, July 31, 2022

The interactive installations in the exhibition tell the story of almost 30 years of artistic work by the Austrian-French artist duo Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau.

The exhibition »The Artwork as a Living System« provides an overview of the work of the Austrian-French artist duo Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau since the early 1990s. Moving between the subject areas of natural science, technology and art, Sommerer and Mignonneau pioneered the »Art of Interface«, in which innovative technical interfaces enable physical interaction between simulative visual worlds and the world of natural sensory organs. Very early on, they also used algorithms to represent not only the forms of the living, but also their evolution and growth. In fourteen installations, which are created only through the actions of the audience, man-made artificial systems are shown that exhibit behavior like natural living organisms. Technical devices originally designed by the artist couple produce virtual realities and immersive environments beyond the previous horizon of experience. Their works, now almost classics of digital art, open a new horizon in which artworks act as living systems. Few artists have shaped the transition from the moving image media phase to the living image media like Sommerer and Mignonneau.

Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer


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