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Artists as Writers: Ascott, Roy

Artist Biography


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ASCOTT, Roy (1934 - )

Former President of OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Art and technology, new media, education

Biography

Roy Ascott was born in Bath, England in 1934. From 1955–59 he studied under Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton at Newcastle University, where he also took art history with Lawrence Gowing and Quentin Bell. After graduating, he began his own distinguished teaching career, in England at Ealing Art College, London and Ipswich Civic College, Suffolk, and as a Professor of Communications Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; and as Professor of Technoetic Arts at the University of Wales, Newport. He was the President of OCA (Ontario College of Art) for a radical and tempestuous 10 months in 1971 and subsequently was the Vice-President and Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently Director of the Planetarium Collegium at the University of Plymouth, England.

Biography from Bordercrossings Magazine.

Online Resources

Page for Roy Ascott at the "Media Art Net": includes a biography and links to more information.

Roy Ascott on Twitter.

Writing by Roy Ascott

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

Roy Ascott: Writing about his own art

Analogue: Incidents in the Life of Roy Ascott. Bordercrossings. Iss. 127, August 2013.
Read online from Bordercrossings.

Aquaponics Artbook. Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, 03/2014, Volume 12, Issue 1
Read online through OCADU Library.

The Cybernetic Stance: My Process and Purpose. Leonardo, 01/2007, Volume 40, Issue 2. (Originally published 1967.)
Read online through OCADU Library.

Technoetic Territories. Performance Research, 12/2006, Volume 11, Issue 4. 
Read online through OCADU Library.

The Syncretic Imperative. Technoetic Arts: a Journal of Speculative Research, 07/2006, Volume 4, Issue 2
Read online through OCADU Library.

Orai, or How the Text Got Pleated: A Genealogy of La Plissure du Texte: A Planetary Fairytale. Leonardo, 01/2004, Volume 37, Issue 3
Read online through OCADU Library.

Roy Ascott: Writing about art and technology

The concept of ‘moistmedia art’: Two interviews with Roy Ascott.  Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, 06/2015, Volume 13, Issue 1-2. Read online through OCADU Library.

Engineering Nature: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era. Intellect Books, 2006. Read ebook online through OCADU.

Technoetic Pathways toward the Spiritual in Art: A Transdisciplinary Perspective on Connectedness... Leonardo, 01/2006, Volume 39, Issue 1. Read online through OCADU Library.

Cybernetic, Technoetic, Syncretic: The Prospect for Art. Leonardo, 06/2008, Volume 41, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Telematic Embrace. University of California Press, 2003.
This book explores Ascott's ideas on how networked communication has shaped behavior and consciousness within and beyond the realm of what is conventionally defined as art. Available at OCADU Library.

Syncretic Strategies: Art in the Time of the Fourth VR. Artlink, 09/2014. Available through OCADU Library.

Planetary Technoetics: Art, Technology and Consciousness. Leonardo, 01/2004, Volume 37, Issue 2. Read online through OCADU Library.

Art, technology, consciousness: mind@large. Intellect Books, 2000. Read in print or online at OCADU Library.

Arts education @ the edge of the Net: The future will be moist. Arts Education Policy Review, 01/2001, Volume 102, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Reframing Consciousness. Intellect Books, 2000. Read ebook online through OCADU Library.

Art, Technology, Consciousness. Intellect Books, 2000. Read ebook online through OCADU Library.

The Technoetic Predicate. Leonardo, 01/1999, Volume 32, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Reframing Consciousness. Conference Proceeding. Intellect Books, 1999. Read ebook online through OCADU Library.

A Specialist Bibliography of Art and Consciousness. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 09/1998, Volume 4, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Enactement and emergence in the dramaturgy of artificial life. Proceedings of the sixth ACM international conference on multimedia, 09/1998. Read online through OCADU Library.

Art, Technology and Consciousness: The Technoetic Paradigm. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 09/1998, Volume 4, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Editorial: The Planetary Collegium: Towards the Radical Reconstruction of Art Education. Leonardo, 01/1998, Volume 31, Issue 2. Read online through OCADU Library.

Consciousness reframed: Art and consciousness in the post-biological era. Digital Creativity, 01/1998, Volume 9, Issue 1. Read online through OCADU Library.

Nature II: Telematic Culture and Artificial Life. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 03/1995, Volume 1, Issue 1. Read online through OCADU Library.

Editorial: Telenoia - Art in the age of artificial life. Leonardo, 01/1993, Volume 26, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Connectivity: Art and Interactive Telecommunications. Leonardo, 01/1991, Volume 24, Issue 2. Read online through OCADU Library.

Is there Love in the Telematic Embrace? Art Journal, 10/1990, Volume 49, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

On Networking. Leonardo, 01/1988, Volume 21, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Art and Education in the Telematic Culture. Leonardo. Supplemental Issue, 01/1988, Volume 1, Issue 1. Read online through OCADU Library.

Le moment télématique. Inter, 1986, Issue 31. Read online through OCADU Library. (French)

Artificial intelligence in the arts: nr. 1 : "Brainwork". Steirischer Herbst: Austria, 1985. Available at OCADU Library.

Towards a Field Theory for Post-Modernist Art. Leonardo, 01/1980, Volume 13, Issue 1. Read online through OCADU Library.

Leonardo: The First Decade. Leonardo, 07/1978, Volume 11, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

The Computer Simulation of Behaviour (Book Review). Leonardo, 07/1971. Read online through OCADU Library.

Roy Ascott: Writing about art and education

My Teachers. Tate Etc, 04/2016.
Roy Ascott recounts his experiences teaching and being taught about art. Read online through OCADU Library.

Arts education @ the edge of the Net: The future will be moist. Arts Education Policy Review, 01/2001, Volume 102, Issue 3. Read online through OCADU Library.

Art and Education in the Telematic Culture. Leonardo. Supplemental Issue, 01/1988, Volume 1, Issue 1. Read online through OCADU Library.

Art Students Observed (Book Review). Leonardo, 04/1975. Read online through OCADU Library.

Aspects of art education I. Studio International, 10/1972, Volume 184, Issue 948. Available at OCADU Library.