Ascott-Telematic Embrace reception at SFAI


May 10, 2003
5:00- 7:00 pm

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA

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Join the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California Press, and Leonardo, the leading journal of contemporary science and technology in the arts, in celebrating the release of former SFAI Dean Roy Ascott?s newest book Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness. Long before e-mail and the Internet permeated society, Ascott coined the term "telematic art" to describe the use of online computer networks as an artistic medium. This book combines a provocative collection of writings from 1964 to the present by the preeminent British artist and art theoretician with a critical essay by art historian Edward Shanken, Executive Director of ISIS, the Information Science and Information Studies program at Duke University, that situates Ascott's work within a history of ideas in art, technology, and philosophy.

During the book launch Ascott will also introduce the first issue of his new journal Technoetic Arts - a transdiscplinary journal which covers topics as diverse as nanotechnology and art, shamanism and cyberspace, artificial life and tissue culture art.

"A vital addition to the literature on art of the later twentieth century, in which Roy Ascott has played central roles as a major pioneer of interactive, telematic art and as an innovative educator. Ascott?s visionary philosophy, grounded in science and technology as well as metaphysical thought, has profound implications for the digital era. Edward Shanken is the ideal guide through this material, and his lucid and insightful introductory essay will become the standard source on Ascott?s work and the larger history of telematic art."?Linda Dalrymple Henderson, David Bruton, Jr., Centennial Professor in Art History and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas, Austin

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