[ISEA2011] Panel: Roy As­cott – Tech­noetic Ar­chi­tec­ture

Panel Statement

Panel: The Volatility and Stability of WorldMaking as Techné

Tech­noetic ar­chi­tec­ture is an ar­chi­tec­ture that has a life of its own; that thinks for it­self, speaks for it­self, feeds it­self, takes care of it­self, re­pairs it­self, plans its fu­ture, copes with ad­ver­sity and an­tic­i­pates our chang­ing needs. Tech­noetic ar­chi­tec­ture is ar­chi­tec­ture that re­turns our gaze. It’s not what build­ings look like to us but what we look like to them. It’s not what we feel about places but how those places feel about us. Tech­noetic ar­chi­tec­ture recog­nises that Sec­ond Life is the re­hearsal room for fu­ture sce­nar­ios in which we will end­lessly re-in­vent our many selves. Tech­noetic ar­chi­tec­ture recog­nises that what we build today in the im­ma­te­ri­al­ity of cy­ber­space will to­mor­row ma­te­ri­alise in nano space.

  • Roy As­cott is an artist 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 (UK) with nodes in Milan and Zurich. He has held se­nior aca­d­e­mic po­si­tions in San Fran­cisco, Min­neapo­lis, Vi­enna and Toronto, and is an Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor of Aal­borg Uni­ver­sity Den­mark,. His in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions range from the Venice Bi­en­nale to Ars Elec­tron­ica. A ret­ro­spec­tive of his work was ex­hib­ited at Ply­mouth Art Cen­tre in 2009, and at the In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Dig­i­tal Art Korea in 2010, and at Space Stu­dios, Lon­don in 2011. His the­o­ret­i­cal work is widely pub­lished, trans­lated and ref­er­enced. He has ad­vised media art in­sti­tu­tions in Eu­rope, Aus­tralia, South Amer­ica, the USA, Japan, and Korea. He edits Tech­noetic Arts (In­tel­lect) and is an Hon­orary Ed­i­tor of Leonardo.