[ISEA97] Paper: Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau – Art at Science: The New Collaboration


Art at Science—The New Collaboration is an article which describes and analyzes recent new collaborations between scientists and artists. In 1996 Sommerer & Mignonneau organized an international symposium on art and science called the”ART-Science-ATR” symposium at ATR Kyoto. International renowned scientists and artists were invited to give presentations. In continuation of the symposium they edited a book, called Art @ Science (Springer editions, Vienna, New York). The article Art at Science—The New Collaboration gives a short overview and summary of the fields discussed at the symposium and in the book and summarizes the areas in which recent collaboration between art and sciences occurs and is being developed. The phenomenon of the scientists-artists and the artists-scientist as well as the socio-cultural aspect of this merger in continuation of The Two Cultures of C.P. Snow shall be discussed.

  • Christa Sommerer (Austria) & Laurent Mignonneau (France) are artists and researchers working in the field of interactive computer instal­lations that combine artificial life,art, science, real-time inter­action and communication. They have received numerous awards, such as the Golden Nica Award for Interactive Art at the Ars Electronica 94 Festival, the Ovation Award at the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles in 1995 and many others. Their works are installed permanently in several muse­ums such as: ZKM Mediamuseum Karlsruhe, ICC InterCommunication Museum Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. They both are researchers and artis­tic directors at the ATR Advanced Telecommunications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan and also hold a Professor position at the IAMAS Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu Japan. In 1995 they organized and chaired an international conference called ART-Science-ATR, at ATR Kyoto, and in 1997 they published and edited a book called Art C@ Science in Springer Edition Vienna/New York dealing with the recent developments in the collaboration of art and science.            interface.ufg.ac.at/christa-laurent/WORKS/FRAMES/FrameSet.html