Ed Shanken
Since 2003
Works in SEattle, Washington United States of America

Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. He was formerly Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University, and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and technology in the 1960s, information aesthetics, interactivity and agency, and the cultural implications of cybernetics, robotics, and biotechnology. He edited Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His second book, Art and Electronic Media was published by Phaidon Press in 2009. Full CV available on my website.
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The Story of E.A.T. Exhibition opens June 5

Sun Jun 05, 2005 00:00 - Tue May 24, 2005

The Story of E.A.T.
Experiments in Art and Technology 1960-2002
by Billy Kluver

Exhibition June 5 - September 4, 2005
Opening reception June 5, 2-5pm

New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368

Subway: #7 to 11th Street



Roy Ascott lecture at SCAD April 14

Wed Apr 14, 2004 00:00 - Mon Apr 11, 2005

Roy Ascott
Orleans Hall
Savannah College of Art & Design
Savannah, GA
Thursday, April 14th, 7:00pm

“Transdisciplinary Transformations:
Art and Design in a Culture of Connectivity”

Abstract: New developments in art, science, and technology generate new discourse calling for new language. Terms such as technoetics and moistmedia, signal the emergence of new media practices. The material, conceptual and spiritual infrastructure needed to support this emergence calls for research strategies, institutional forms, and cultural organisms hitherto unknown. This requires dynamically constructive as well as reflective and expressive practices in art and design, which progressively over the next years will involve us in such fields as telematics (planetary connectivity), nanotechnology (bottom up design), and quantum computing (accelerated and expanded cognition). There would be some wisdom in attempting closer integration with the spiritual domain that has been blocked by the excessive materialism and insistent reductionism of our times. In seeking a matrix that integrates questions of society, the self, materiality, and consciousness, we can place transdisciplinary research at the intersection of five objectives: to amplify thought (concept development); to share consciousness (collaborative processes); to seed structures (self-organising systems); to make metaphors (knowledge navigation); to construct identities (self-creation).

Bio: A pioneer of cybernetic and telematic art, Ascott is an internationally renowned artist, theorist, and educator. He is Founding Director of the Planetary Collegium Ph.D. program and Professor of Technoetics at the University of Plymouth, England, and Adjunct Professor in Design|Media Arts at UCLA. Ascott’s work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou Paris, Ars Electronica Linz, V2 Holland, Milan Triennale, and European Media Festival, Osnabruck. His book, Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness, was published by University of California Press, 2003.

For more information on Roy Ascott and the Planetary Collegium:


DIGITAL COTTON Feb 9 - Mar 19 Atlanta; special event Feb 18 8pm

Digital Cotton" a group exhibition that examines the aesthetics and cultural power of digital art, will be held from Feb. 9 to March 19, at Savannah Gallery, 3096 Roswell Road, Atlanta. The exhibition is free and open to the public and features interactive sculpture, Web art, video, photography and interactive environments by internationally renowned artists, including Wolfgang Staehl and Katrin Korfmann and SCAD faculty including Matthew Akers, Carla Diana, and Tim Jackson.

On Friday, February 18 at 8pm, Akers, Roberto Lange, and Jay Wynne will lead a series of improvisational audio performances to accompany featured artist David Ellis' video piece "Daily." The audience will have the opportunity to watch the time-lapse video several times during the evening as each DJ interprets the piece. The exhibition is curated by Matthew Mascotte and sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

For more info see http://www.thesavannahgallery.com/exhibitions.html


Artists in Industry & the Academy CAA Panel

Thu Feb 19, 2004 00:00 - Tue Feb 10, 2004

Artists in Industry and the Academy: Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations"
Thurs, Feb 19, 8:00-10:30pm
College Art Association Annual Conference
Level 6, WA State Convention Center, meeting Rooms 611 & 612,
Seattle, Washington

This panel will address interdisciplinary research performed by artists involved in industrial and academic collaborations. The core issues include: 1) the varieties and qualities of contributions artists can make in these contexts; 2) the difficulties that arise in such collaborations; and 3) how those difficulties can be overcome to yield a sum that is greater than its parts. The panel hopes to motivate further scholarship about the subject in order to enhance understanding, improve the effectiveness of artist collaborations, and make a stronger case for their support by industry and the academy.

Dana Plautz, Art and Entertainment, Intel Research Council
Michael Century, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sara Diamond, Banff Centre New Media Institute
Ruth West, independent artist/researcher
Chair: Edward A. Shanken, Duke University



Ascott-Telematic Embrace reception at SFAI

Sat May 10, 2003 00:00 - Sun May 04, 2003


May 10, 2003
5:00- 7:00 pm

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA

For more information:

Join the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California Press, and Leonardo, the leading journal of contemporary science and technology in the arts, in celebrating the release of former SFAI Dean Roy Ascott?s newest book Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness. Long before e-mail and the Internet permeated society, Ascott coined the term "telematic art" to describe the use of online computer networks as an artistic medium. This book combines a provocative collection of writings from 1964 to the present by the preeminent British artist and art theoretician with a critical essay by art historian Edward Shanken, Executive Director of ISIS, the Information Science and Information Studies program at Duke University, that situates Ascott's work within a history of ideas in art, technology, and philosophy.

During the book launch Ascott will also introduce the first issue of his new journal Technoetic Arts - a transdiscplinary journal which covers topics as diverse as nanotechnology and art, shamanism and cyberspace, artificial life and tissue culture art.

"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

Find out more information about the people associated with this event:
Roy Ascott http://www.sfai-art.com/database/people\_detail.asp?xiIdY7
Edward A. Shanken http://www.duke.edu/~giftwrap