Roy Ascott (b.1934, Bath, England) ::: Article
Artist, researcher, art theorist. He is one of the pioneers of European cybernetic and telematic trends in contemporary art. Initiated a number of telematic, net and interactive projects, among them: "Terminal Art" (USA-Great Britain, 1980), "La Plissure du Texte" (Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1983), "Planetary Network" (XLII Venice Biennale, Venice, 1986), "Aspects of Gaia" (Ars Electronica, Linz, 1989), "Art-ID/Cyb-ID" (Biennal do Mercosul, Portu-Alegri, 1999), "The Moistmedia Manifesto" (gr2000az, Graz, 2000) and many others. Author of more than 200 articles on art and new technologies published in magazines, catalogues, anthologies, and of such books as "Art & Telematics: Toward the Construction of New Aesthetics" (1998), "Reframing Consciousness" (1999), "Art Technology Consciousness" (2000). Has taught for more than 40 years in different educational institutions around the world. Between 1975-78 was Dean at the College of the San Francisco Art Institute, between 1985-92 was Head of the Communications Theory Department at the Vienna University of Applied Arts, and between 1971-72 was President of the Art College (Toronto). He is founding editor of the magazine "Technoetic Arts" and on the editorial boards of such magazines as "Leonardo", "Convergence", "Digital Creativity". He also advises new media centres in Japan, Korea, Brazil, North America and Europe. Currently he is Director of the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA, University of Wales); Director of the Science Technology and Art Research Centre (STAR, University of Plymouth); and Professor at the Arts School of the University of California (Los Angeles, USA).