LAZNIA 1 2009 - IMMEDIATE ART - Roy Ascott
19.06.2009, at 6 p.m.
Roy Ascott is a pioneer of cybernetics and telematics in art whose work focuses on the impact of digital and telecommunications networks on consciousness; Ascott studied under Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton at King's College, University of Durham; he has been Dean of San Francisco Art Institute, California, Professor and Head of Communications Theory in the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and Principal of Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Professor of Technoetic Art at University of Plymouth, and Adjunct Professor in Design| Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles; the Groundcourse at Ealing School of Art, London, was the first of his radical interventions in art education; most recently founder and director of the graduate program CAiiA-STAR and Professor of Interactive Art at the University of Wales College Newport; founding editor of the international journal Technoetic Arts, and member of the editorial boards of Leonardo, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Convergence, Digital Creativity, and the Chinese language
online journal Tom.Com.

Art and Technoetic Evolution: the multiple self in a variable reality

This presentation argues that the field of consciousness is a non-material, irreducible given, which our evolution enables us progressively to access. Technoetic systems (somatic, digital and pharmaceutical) extend our connectivity within the field. At the same time, the mind’s capacity for managing personal identity has been socially constrained, with the isolated, solitary self set in an immutable materiality as a feature of western culture since the Enlightenment. But now, the single-self organism is evolving into the multiple self, enabling us to participate more creatively in the evolution of the multi-layered, syncretic reality we inhabit. The artist is uniquely equipped to negotiate and navigate this reality. The material, conceptual and spiritual infrastructure needed to support this emergence calls for new forms of behaviour, new language, new structures and systems.
Municipal Institution of Culture