Thu 26 August 2010, 17:30h
Mind-Launch: Reflections/Projections on Education as Art
Moderated by Dieter Daniels (de)
In his lecture, Ascott looks at two of his education-based projects, the Groundcourse of
the early 1960s and the Planetary Collegium of the new millenium.
Their link is the search for structures that elicit and support creativity, enable research,
and develop innovation – of systems, structures, identities, language, and behaviours.
The field is art, technology and consciousness (technoetics).
The thread that links these two initiatives is cybernetics of the third kind, the art of
connective, interdependent, associative, transformative, and syncretic systems.
Education as art resists orthodoxy, denies academic predictability, opens up the territory
of the unknown in all its fields of inquiry and practice.
Roy Ascott is an artist and theorist whose research is invested in cybernetics,
technoetics, telematics, and syncretism. He is the founding president of the Planetary
Collegium, an international platform for art, technology and consciousness research,
based in Plymouth University.
Dieter Daniels is P rofessor for Art History and Media Theory at the Academy of Visual
Arts in Leipzig.