By Gerfried Stocker, Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau
Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are of the main cutting edge and the world over popular media artists and researchers. Their paintings has been referred to as "epoch-making" (Toshiharu Itoh, NTT-ICC Museum, Tokyo) for constructing average and intuitive interfaces and for utilising clinical rules similar to man made lifestyles, complexity, generative structures and nanotechnologies to their cutting edge interface layout. This monograph represents a complete evaluation of Sommerer and Mignonneau s paintings and study. as well as delivering specified undertaking descriptions of every interactive paintings, it comprises essays and articles by means of hugely well-known media students and theoreticians who carry the interactive works of art of Sommerer and Mignonneau in an paintings and media paintings historical past standpoint.
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In the course of developing the concept for A-Volve, Sommerer and Mignonneau began to cooperate with the biologist and artificial life researcher Thomas S. Ray. A few years prior Ray had created an artificial ecosystem called Tierra, which simu lated the principles of natural evolution on the computer. Sommerer and Mignonneau took up this concept in their A-Volve project and created an artistic contribution to artificial life research based on its principles. The use of software, concepts and terms deriving from artificial life research in the creation and realization of A-Volve and other art projects was promoted through Sommerer and Mignonneau’s cooperation with Ray.
5 Tom (Thomas) Ray is an ecologist who created Tierra in the early 1990s, an artificial life environment in which self-replicating programs evolve on their own.
Their next major work A-Volve (1994) pushed the complexity of the human intervention further. A double role was oﬀered Since these early beginnings tactile and/or to the interactor. The first was not totally haptic interfaces have been constantly presunlike that of the “Great Designer of the ent in Sommerer and Mignonneau’s art, alUniverse”: one was asked to draw on a touch- though in diﬀerent forms and proportions. screen the outline of a creature, which was There are works, such as Trans Plant (1995) then sent to a virtual pool to evolve further.