Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are internationally renowned media artists, researchers and pioneers of interactive art. They have worked at the IAMAS Academy in Gifu, Japan, the ATR Research Labs in Kyoto, Japan, the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US and the NCSA in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA. In 2004 they have set up the Department for Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Sommerer held visiting professor positions at CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, Tsukuba University and Aalborg University, Denmark, Laurent Mignonneau was Chaire International at Paris 8 University. Together they have created around 50 interactive artworks shown in around 350 international exhibitions and they received numerous awards.
Another main prize, the B3 BEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts goes this year to the artist duo Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau. A highly acclaimed retrospective has just been dedicated to them at the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus in Linz. Their remarkable and enduringly current works are considered "classics of digital art" and inspire other artists through their cross-media approach and the active connection between technology, science and art, thus stimulating new ideas.