Christa Sommerer studied Biology and Botany (1982-85), followed by Art Education and Art Study in Modern Sculpture (1985-90) in Vienna, Austria. She concluded her post graduate study at the Staedelschule Institut for New Media, Frankfurt (1993-94). Subsequently, Christa Sommerer was an artist-in-resident at the NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Application, Beckman Institute (US) and at the InterCommunication Center ICC-NTT (JP).
Since 1992, she has been collaborating with Laurent Mignonneau. Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau are internationally renowned
media artists. They are researchers and artistic directors at the ATR
Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto, Japan and
associate professors at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts
and Sciences in Gifu, Japan. Their interactive artworks have been called "epoch making" for
pioneering the use of natural interfaces to create a new language of
interactivity based on artificial life and evolutionary image
processes. They have won many major international media awards, for
example the Golden Nica Ars Electronica Award for Interactive Art 1994
(Linz, Austria), the Ovation Award of the Interactive Media Festival
1995 (Los Angeles, USA), and the Multi Media Award '95 of the
Multimedia Association Japan. In 1997, they edited the Art @ Science book, Springer, Vienna/New York.