Roy Ascott


  • University of Plymouth and University of Wales College


  • Design and Architecture

Job Title:

  • Professor and Director



  • ISEA 2002
    Roy Ascott, UK, caiia-star. CAiiA-STAR is a world-wide research community, founded and directed by Roy Ascott, whose innovative structure involves collaborative work and supervision both in cyberspace and at regular meetings in the UK and abroad


    Roy Ascott, UK, is director of the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Wales College, Newport. Formerly: Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute and the Professor for Communications Theory at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 1980 he has created many glob­al networking projects (Museum of Modern Art, Paris, the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica Linz, V2 Holland). He has published over 100 texts, translated into many languages. He lectures, advises and contributes to numerous festivals, juries, journals, media centres and universities throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. Ascott has worked with the shamanic Kuikuru indians of Mato Grosso, Brazil in May,1997. He convened the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference: “Consciousness Reframed: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era”, July 1997. Reference: Stiles, K. & P. Selz, 1996. Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art, Berkeley: University of California Press. Lovejoy, M.1996, Postmodern Currents: Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media (2nd Edition). New York: Random House. Popper, F. 1994. Art of the Electronic Age London:Thames & Hudson. Shanken, E. 1996. Technology and Intuition: A Love Story?


    Roy Ascott, UK, A pioneer of cybernetics and telematics in art, Roy Ascott has initiated many global networking projects and published over seventy texts He advises Leonardo, CEC, Ars Electronica, and IMF San Francisco. Formerly Communications Theory Professor, Vienna, and Dean of The San Francisco Art Institute, he is currently Director of CAIIA in Wales.


    Pioneer of telematic art, his seminal projects include “La Plissure du Texte” Electra ’83, Paris), “Planetary Network” (Venice Biennale 1986) and “Aspects of Gaia” (Ars Electronica 89, Linz). His work is widely published in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. He is a consultant to many European institutions including the C.E.C., Ars Electronica Center, CETEC, Universite Paris Dauphine, the European League of Institutes of the Arts and editorial advisor to Leonardo (MIT Press), Intermedia (Madrid) and IDEA (Paris). He is Director of CAIIA – the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts at Gwent College of Higher Education in Wales. He was Professor fuer  Kommunikationstheorie, Hochschule fuer angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria, 1985-92 and Dean, San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA1975-78.

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  • GB

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