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Art, Cybernetics and Pedagogy in Post-War Britain
Roy Ascott’s Groundcourse

ISBN 9781032338606
Published June 13, 2022 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

This is the first full-length study about the British artist Roy Ascott, one of the first cybernetic artists, with a career spanning seven decades to date. The book focuses on his early career, exploring the evolution of his early interests in communication in the context of the rich overlaps between art, science and engineering in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s. The first part of the book looks at Ascott’s training and early work. The second park looks solely at Groundcourse, Ascott’s extraordinary pedagogical model for visual arts and cybernetics which used an integrative and systems-based model, drawing in behaviourism, analogue machines, performance and games. Using hitherto unpublished photographs and documents, this book will establish a more prominent place for cybernetics in post-war British art.

Table of Contents

1. Dialogue (Introduction)

2. Metaform

3. Field

4. Analogue

5. Control

6. Calibrator

7. Game

8. Synthesizer (Conclusion)

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Kate Sloan teaches for Newcastle Univerity and the University of Edinburgh, where she was previously Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-17.


"There is a great deal of original research here and it is a worthy contribution. One can only hope that it opens up the field of art pedagogy even further."

- Beth Williamson, Art History