Syncretic strategies: Art in the time of the Fourth VR

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Roy Ascott is a pioneer of the place of cybernetics and telematics in art and has worked with issues of art, technology and consciousness since the 1960s. He directs the Planetary Collegium, which he founded in 1994 at the University of Plymouth. He is Visiting Professor in Design and Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles. He has shown in many international exhibitions.

© 2009, NCCA, Kaliningrad. This essay first appeared in Dmitry Bulatov (ed.), Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad, 2009. NCCA Kaliningrad gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation, Ford Foundation (The Moscow Office), and The Dynasty Foundation (Moscow) in funding this project.

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