CHRISTA SOMMERER &
LAURENT MIGNONNEAU [AT/FR]
Portrait on the Fly, 2015
HYUNDAI X ELEKTRA METAMORPHOSIS
Hyundai Motorstudio Seoul [KR]
6.15 - 9.20, 2020
Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are researchers and pioneers of interactive art. They are professors and head the Interface Cultures master program at the University of Art and Design in Linz Austria. They previously held positions as Associate Professors at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan and as Researchers and Artistic Directors at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan. They were Visiting Researchers at the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US, the Beckmann Institute in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA and artists in residence at the NTT-InterCommunication Center in Tokyo. Sommerer was a Guest Professor at CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, Obel Guest Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark and at the Tsukuba University Empowerment Informatics Studio in Japan and Laurent Mignonneau was Chaire Internationale Guest Professor at the Université Paris 8 in Paris.
Sommerer & Mignonneau have participated in around 300 international exhibitions, and their works can be found in museums and collections around the world.
The interactive installation consists of a monitor that shows a swarm of a few thousand flies. When a person positions themselves in front of the monitor, the insects build up the contour of the person. They begin to arrange and rearrange themselves continuously, thereby creating a recognizable likeness of the individual. Posing in front of the monitor attracts the flies. Within seconds they invade the face, but even the slightest movement of the head or of parts of the face drives them off. The portraits are thus in constant flux, they construct and deconstruct. Portrait on the Fly is a commentary on our love for making pictures of ourselves (Selfie-Culture), it has to do with change, transience and impermanence.