Christa Sommerer



Interactive Art


Christa Sommerer is an internationally renowned media artist, researcher and pioneer of interactive art.

After working, researching and teaching in the US and Japan for 10 years, she together with Laurent Mignonneau set up the department for Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. She studied with Roy Ascott at the University of Wales College of Art, Newport in the UK where she obtained a PhD. She previously worked at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan, at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan, the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US, the Beckmann Institute in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA, and the NTT-InterCommunication Center in Tokyo. She was an Obel Guest Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark and a Visiting Professor at Tsukuba University. Together with Laurent Mignonneau she created around 40 interactive artworks that have been exhibited in around 350 international exhibitions.

She received numerous awards, f.e. the 2016 ARCO BEEP Award in Madrid Spain, the 2012 Wu Guanzhong Art and Science Innovation Prize—which was bestowed by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China—and the 1994 Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica Award.

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