Portrait on the Fly

an interactive installation

© 2015, Laurent MIGNONNEAU & Christa Sommerer

represented by:
DAM Galerie Berlin,
Galerie Charlot Paris
GPL contemporary Vienna

Portrait on the Fly - Interactive Concept

The interactive installation consists of a monitor that shows a swarm of a few thousand flies. When a person positions himself in front of the monitor, the insects builds up the contour of the person. They begin to arrange and rearange themselves continously, 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.


my images

Portrait on the Fly Exhibitions

2019 Art Rock Festival
June 4 - 16, 2019
- Saint Brieux, France

2019 New York Live Arts Center
Live Ideas Festival
May 8 - 12, 2019
Curator: Janet Wong
- New York, USA

2019 Wood Street Gallery
Curator: Murray Horne
Apr. 26 - June 16, 2019
- Pittsburgh, USA

2019 Solo Show at BEALL Art Center
Feb. 8, 2019 - May 2019
Curator: David Familian
We show: Fly Simulator, Neuro Mirror, Portrait in the Fly, Interactive Plant Growing, Noise and Smoke, Fly Portraits (of Jeffrey Shaw, Peter Weibel, Christiane Paul, Lynn Hershman, Erkki Huhtamo, David Familian, Roy Ascott and ChristaLaurent Self Portrait)
- Irvine, CA, USA

2018 City University Hong Kong
Exhibition "Animals"
Featuring A-Volve and Portrait on the Fly
Curated by Jeffrey Shaw and Paul Lam
- Hong Kong, China

2018 Speculum Artium Festival "Decades"
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the festival
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly", "Interactive Plant Growing"
and our Speculum Artium Festival's commissioned VR artwork "Fly Simulator"
Curated by Maša Jazbec
- Trbovlje, Slovenia

2018 Point Cultural Hub / Gallery
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly" (April 12th to 18th)
- Bucharest, Romania

2018 Centre Pompidou
Fête du code créatif (March 3rd and 4th )
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly" and "Coleoptera"
- Paris, France

2018 Galerie du Grand Palais
Exhibition: Artists and Robots (April 5th to July 9th )
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly"
- Paris, France

2018 Arsenal Contemporary Art Museum
The 4th edition of BIAN takes place from June 29 to August 05 2018
Sommerer and Mignonneau show 4 printed portraits and the interactive version of "Portrait on the Fly"
- Montreal, Canada

2017 Untitled Art International Fair San Francisco
January 13,14,15, 2017
Featuring: "Portrait on the Fly"
Represented by: Gallery Anita Beckers
- San Francisco, USA

2017 "Iconomania" Maif Social Club Paris
from 13th January 2017 to 31st March 2017
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly"
Represented by: Galerie Charlot
- Paris, France

2017 Print Screen Festival 2017
Digital Arts and Culture Festival (21. until 24. June 2017)
Mediateque Holon, Golda Meir 6
featuring "Portrait on the Fly"
- Tel Aviv (Holon), Israel

2017 The View Contemporary Art Space
summer exhibition (24.06.2017 until Sept. 2017)
featuring "Portrait on the Fly"
- Salenstein, Switzerland

2017 Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation
Etopia Center for Art & Technology (opening 21st September 2017)
Exhibition featuring: "Portrait on the Fly"
- Zaragoza, Spain

2017 Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
Exhibition featuring "Portrait on the Fly" (9th September - 24th September 2017)
Curator: Atsuhito Sekiguchi
- Nagoya, Japan

2017 MAK Vienna
Exhibition: Aesthetics of change (15th December 2017 - 15th April 2018)
150 Years of the University of Applied Art Vienna
Curators: Peter Weibel, Gerald Bast, Elisabeth Schmuttermeir, Patrick Werkner
featuring "Portrait on the Fly"
-Vienna, Austria

2016 Design Biennial Wenzhou
Hao Museum
"Crossover&Linking" International New Media Design Exhibition
- Wenzhou, China

2016 Digital Now - Tekniska Museet Stockholm
(26 October 2016 - 31 January 2017)
Curated by Min-Jung Jonsson
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly" interactive
and photographic works
- Stockholm, Sweden

2016 Art Central Hong Kong
Galerie Anita Beckers
23rd - 26th March 2016
Featuring : "Portrait on the Fly - Interactive"
- Hong Kong, China

2016 PLUNC 2016 New Media and Digital Art Festival
(29. Sept - 2. Oct. 2016)
With works by:
Artica CC, Thomas Grogan, anaa colectivo, Antonio Quiroga Waldthaler, Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer, Nuno Correia, Monica Vlad, Tiago Rorke e Maurício Martins, Ben Grosser, Emilio Vavarella and Fito Segrera
- Lisbon, Portugal

2016 CODE_n festival
(20-22 Sept 2016)
ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien)
- Karlsruhe, Germany

2016 Tsinghua University Art Museum
"Dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci / The 4th Art & Science International Exhibition"
(September 11, 2016 - December 9, 2016 | December 20, 2016 - March 19, 2017)
Curated by: Yang Dongjiang
With works by: Leonardo Da Vinci, Feng Yuan, Sommerer & Mignonneau, Studio, Festo AG & Co.Kg,
Organized by: Art and Science Research Center of Tsinghua University, Art Museum of Tsinghua University, Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University
- Beijing, China

2016 HeK House of Electronic Arts, Basel
Night of the Museums
20 January - 6 March 2016
Featuring "Portrait on the Fly" (interactive version)
- Basel, Switzerland

2015 B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2015
7.-11. October 2015
Museum of Applied Arts Frankfurt
- Frankfurt, Germany

2015 Parallel Art Fair
23.-27. September 2015
represented by Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna
- Vienna, Austria

2015 Art Bahrain
13.-16. October 2015
represented by Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna
- Manama, Bahrain

2015 Wiener Wunderkammer
5.-11. November 2015
Technical University
- Vienna, Austria

2015 Globale - Infosphere at ZKM Karlsruhe
4th Sept-31. January
featuring "Portrait on the Fly" (interactive version )
Curator: Peter Weibel
- Karlsruhe, Germany

2015 Ars Electronica 2015
4.-7. September 2015
at Ars Electronica Center
featuring "Portrait on the Fly" (interactive version and 12 plotter drawings)
Curator: Gerfried Stocker
- Linz, Austria

2015 ISEA International Symposium of Electronic Arts
14th.-18th. August 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery
featuring "Portrait on the Fly" in FUSE festival
- Vancouver, Canada