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Roy Ascott’s influence is pervasive, through his pedagogy (the ‘Ground Course’ and the ‘Planetary Collegium’) and through the telematics works in the 1980s and 1990s. In the early 1960s, Ascott lit the slow burning fuse of a mind-bomb that, rather than shattering the fabric of the art world, slowly dissolved its materiality. As telematic shrapnel penetrate its vital organs, the object d’art staggers on, zombie like, curators wheeling over head, picking over the corpse. Rather than try to resuscitate the remains, there are those who prefer to surf the shockwave of this legacy in the hope that the future will catch up.
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Keywords: Roy Ascott; behaviour; gesture; process; strategy; system; table

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Plymouth University

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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  • Ubiquity is an international peer reviewed journal for creative and transdisciplinary practitioners interested in technologies, practices and behaviours that have the potential to radically transform human perspectives on the world. "Ubiquity", the ability to be everywhere at the same time, a potential historically attributed to the occult is now a common feature of the average mobile phone. The title refers explicitly to the advent of ubiquitous computing that has been hastened through the consumption of networked digital devices. The journal anticipates the consequences for design and research in a culture where everyone and everything is connected, and will offer a context for visual artists, designers, scientists and writers to consider how Ubiquity is transforming our relationship with the world.
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