Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness / Edition 1

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Long before e-mail and the Internet permeated society, Roy Ascott, a pioneering British artist and theorist, coined the term "telematic art" to describe the use of online computer networks as an artistic medium.
In Telematic Embrace Edward A. Shanken gathers, for the first time, an impressive compilation of more than three decades of Ascott’s philosophies on aesthetics, interactivity, and the sense of self and community in the telematic world of cyberspace. 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.

Telematics, a powerful marriage of computers and telecommunication, made technologies we now take for granted—such as e-mail and automated teller machines (ATMs)—part of our daily life, and made art a more interactive form of expression. Telematic art challenges traditional relationships between artist, artwork, and audience by allowing nonlocal audiences to influence the emergent qualities of the artwork, which consists of the ebb and flow of electronic information. These essays constitute a unique archaeology of ideas, tracing Ascott’s meditations on the formation of consciousness through the intertwined cultural histories of art and technology from the 1960s to the present.

Shanken’s introduction situates Ascott’s work within a history of ideas in art, technology, and philosophy. Given the increasing role of the Internet and the World Wide Web in the creation of commerce and community at the dawn of this new millennium, scholars, students, laypeople, policymakers, and artists will find this collection informative and thought-provoking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520218031
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 439
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Ascott is President of the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth, England and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Design/Media Arts, University of California Los Angeles. Edward A. Shanken is Professor of Art History, Savannah College of Art, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
From Cyberbetics to Telematics: The Art, Pedagogy, and Theory of Roy Ascott by Edward A. Shanken

Selected Essays of Roy Ascott
1. The Construction of Change (1964)
2. Statement from Control (1966)
3. Behaviourist Art and the Cybernetic Vision (1966–67)
4. Behaviourables and Futuribles (1967)
5. The Psibernetic Arch (1970)
6. Table (1975)
7. Connective Criticism (1977)
8. Network as Artwork: The Future of Visual Arts Education (1978)
9. Towards a Field Theory for Postmodernist Art (1980)
10. Art and Telematics: Towards a Network Consciousness (1984)
11. Concerning Nets and Spurs: Meaning, Mind and Telematic Diffusion (1985)
12. Art and Education in the Telematic Culture (1988)
13. Gesamtdatenwerk: Connectivity, Transformation, and Transcendence (1989)
14. Beyond Time-Based Art: ESP, PDP, and PU (1990)
15. Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace? (1990)
16. Photography at
Interface (1992)
17. Heavenly Bodies: Teleconstructing a Zodiac for the Twenty-First Century (1993)
18. Telenoia (1993)
19. From Appearance to Apparition: Communication and Culture in the Cybersphere (1993)
20. The Ars Electronica Center Datapool (1993)
21. The Planetary Collegium: Art and Education in the Post-Biological Era (1994)
22. The Architecture of Cyberception (1994)
23. Back to Nature II: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century (1995)
24. The Mind of the Museum (1996)
25. Weaving the Shamantic Web: Art and Techoetics in the Bio-Telematic Domain (1997)
26. Art @ the Edge of the Net (2000)
27. Technoetic Aesthetics: 100 Terms and Definitions for the Post-Biological Era (1996)
Appendix I. Roy Ascott’s Academic Appointments
Appendix II. Roy Ascott’s Publications
Appendix III. Roy Ascott’s Art Projects and Exhibitions
Appendix IV. CAiiA-STAR Research Conferences


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