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From February 7th to May 26th, 2024

CHRISTA SOMMERER AND LAURENT MIGNONNEAU. “THE ARTWORK AS A LIVING SYSTEM”

On February 7th, will be presented the exhibition "The Artwork As a Living System", of the artistic duo formed by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, pioneers in the "Art of the Interface".

“The Artwork As a Living System” exhibition provides an overview of the work of Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, pioneers of the “Art of Interface”. The project, connects art and nature with the most innovative techniques used in virtual, responsive and interactive projects.

Following stops in Germany (ZKM- Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe), Austria (OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH, Linz) and Belgium (iMAL – Art Center for digital cultures & technology, Brussels), Sommerer and Mignonneau present this special exhibition for the Azkuna Zentroa Exhibition Hall. It reveals the central theme of their work, i.e. works of art act as living systems for life cannot be understood as a single entity but only as a plurality of perspectives. This is the leitmotiv of these technologically creative, scientifically instructive and artistically imaginative pieces, now classics of digital art, with which the artists have made a fundamental contribution to both 21st century art and the science of artificial life.

The exhibition consists of 18 works. Most of them are interactive installations where people touch and experience the artworks, exploring and interacting with the natural environments and becoming part of their simultaneous transformation in the digital space. They are almost classics of digital art that have won awards at major art, science and digital culture festivals around the world, and many of them have been shown at more than 250 exhibitions.

They are multimedia works of art based on scientific findings that open up the possibility of exploring the growth of plants or the behaviour of small computer-generated creatures, such as flies and beetles, and their integration in complex ecosystems. These installations simulate living systems in which the digital space is transformed by touching some plants, typing on a typewriter or moving in front of a screen.

An artistic experience that connects concepts related to the most diverse fields of science and technology: from quantum physics and the theory of complex systems to molecular genetics, nanoscience and artificial life.

This exhibition is based on a concept by Karin Ohlenschläger and is co-produced by ZKM | Karlsruhe Art and Media Center, Germany, OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH, Linz, Austria and iMAL, Brussels, Belgium. It was initially curated by Karin Ohlenschläger, Peter Weibel and Alfred Weidinger.