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Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness by Roy Ascott Hardcover – April 14, 2003

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"At a time when libraries are stacked with mass-marketed books on the Internet, Telematic Embrace is a welcome contribution to both academic and general discourse."--San Francisco Chronicle -- Review

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"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

"Roy Ascott has unerringly been a step ahead of the cultural shifts of his times. If cybernetics, interactivity, network culture, and telematics have an artistic edge today, it is because Ascott has been there first. This collection, edited and with a brilliant introduction by Edward Shanken, charts the evolution of Ascott's ideas, pedagogy, and artmaking, which continue to be a potent source of ideas for the future of art."—Roger Malina, Executive Editor of Leonardo

"An admirable survey of the telematic arts and of Roy Ascott's extraordinary contributions to this art form. Thoroughly researched, this readable text is a valuable resource for initiating students into the realm of contemporary electronic arts and sciences by bridging the gap between the visual and media arts."—Peter d'Agostino, Professor of Film and Media Arts and Director of the NewTechLab, Temple University

"Roy Ascott is a leading artist and writer in the field of art and technology, and a collection of his writings is long overdue. Edward Shanken's introduction addresses many issues relevant to contemporary culture, elucidating historical, social, and theoretical aspects of Ascott's work."—Eduardo Kac, Associate Professor of Art and Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Product Details

  • Series: BFI Modern Classics
  • Hardcover: 439 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (April 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520218035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520218031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,890,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Vita-More on November 23, 2006
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Finding accurate accounts of historical turning points warrants careful scanning and careful elimination. There is much information to be read in articles, books and in the minds of academics who can give tid-bits of how we got to where we are today in a world of art and technology. But there are few people who can provide us with a rigorous account that actually has (1) depth and substance; and (2) an actual birthing of an era. This book provides us with both.

For the disciplined reader, Roy Ascott and Edward Shanken provide alluring, inventive and down right smart accounts of the time frame in which art evolved into a 21st century discipline; for the lazy reader, Roy Ascott's sentences are a crisp and inviting story of what it could behoove the artist to pay attention to.

Natasha Vita-More
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This collection offers a unique and valuable history of art and technology from the 1960s to the 2000s as chronicled through the brilliant writings of Roy Ascott. A pioneer of cybernetic and telematic art, Ascott is generally recognized as a leading figure in the field of new media. His theoretical writings are inventive, prescient, and provocative, and are required reading for students and professionals who are interested in learning about the ideas that shaped interactivity, media art, and net art.
Shanken's introduction offers an erudite but highly readable and insighful guide to Ascott's work as an artist, theorist, and teacher, placing his many contributions in a broad context of art history, the history of ideas, and the history of technology. At 94 pages, this essay offers one of the most extensive art historical treatments of art and technology currently in print and makes an invaluable addition to the literature.
The book may be a bit pricey, but it is well worth it and this is one volume you'll be glad to have in hard-cover.
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4 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Ruskin on January 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
E. Shanken writes like a baton twirler with a Ph.D.
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