Organe et Fonction d’Alice au Pays des Merveilles

Ascott created Organe et Fonction d’Alice au Pays des Merveilles (Organ and Function of Alice in Wonderland) for Les Immateriaux, the exhibition curated by Jean-Francois Lyotard at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1985.  Organe et Fonction was accessible to anyone connected to Minitel (the French national videotex system begun in 1981).  Ascott’s use of […]

Terminal Art

Terminal Art by Roy Ascott The following is taken from Nearly a decade before the first personal computer, and over a quarter century before the advent of web-based, graphical-user-interfaces (GUIs), Ascott had already envisioned the emergence of art created interactively with computers, and artistic collaboration via telecommunications networks. It took nearly fifteen years for the technology […]

La Plissure du Texte

Roy Ascott’s 1980 telematic artwork, La Plissure du Texte (The Pleating of the Text) explored the potential of computer networking for the interactive, remote, collaborative creation of a work of art that challenged the conventional aesthetic categories of artist, artwork, and viewer, and the traditional opposition of subject and object.  Eleven locations in the US, […]