Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, The Value of Art (Unruhige See), 2010, interactive installation
Preview: Sat, 7th May, 2 - 5 pm
The artists will be present at the preview.
Exhibition: 11th May -16th July 2011
The Value of Art is the first piece from a series of artworks in which Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau deal with the accumulation of value taking place in museums as well as on the art market and it is an outstanding realisation of the market's laws. The artists purchased the painting 'Unruhige See' (Rough Sea) by an unknown artist called R. Hansen, equiped it with sensors which record how many and how long visitors stay in front of the artwork. With every reckoning the value of the painting rises and will be printed on a small piece of paper. Hence after every exhibition the value of the picture rose according to the attention it received.
Christa Sommerer's und Laurent Mignonneau's interactive works were able to go down in history due to their complexity and unusual, innovative interfaces. They have been presented in numerous international exhibitions e.g. at the Museum Tinguely, Basel; ARos Aarhus Kunstmuseum; Kunsthaus Graz; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunsthalle Vienna; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MOT Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museo Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile; Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art; NTT-ICC Museum Tokyo; Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern; ITAU Culutural Foundation, Sao Paolo; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum Cologne.
At the moment Christa Sommerer und Laurent Mignonneau are living and working in Linz where they run the InterfaceCulture Lab at the University for Art and Design. Before they were both working in Japan for several years as professors and artists.