The works of Christa Sommerer (*Germany, 1964) and Laurent Mignonneau (*France, 1965) explore the relation between art, science and technology. Their projects have been branded as pioneering not only for their natural and intuitive development of diverse interactive interfaces, but also for the application of basic scientific principles from the fields of biology, artificial life, complexity science and nanotechnology. This book reviews their oeuvres and is a testament to the underlying scientific concepts.
Sommerer and Mignonneau have shown in numerous exhibitions and are featured in digital art collections and museums around the world, including the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the NTT-ICC InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, Japan. In 1994, they received one of the most pres- tigious media art awards, the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica. They currently lecture at the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Japan and at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. The book includes texts by two professors of art and science, Suzanne Witzgall and Ricard Sole.