Art, Cybernetics and Pedagogy in Post-War Britain: Roy Ascott’s Groundcourse, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Art, Cybernetics and Pedagogy in Post-War Britain

Roy Ascott’s Groundcourse, 1st Edition

By Kate Sloan

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248 pages

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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 Using hitherto unpublished photographs and documents, this book will establish a more prominent place for cybernetics in post-war British art.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)

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015030
ART / European
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
COM017000
COMPUTERS / Cybernetics
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EDUCATION / History
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EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
EDU057000
EDUCATION / Arts in Education
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
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HISTORY / Military / World War II
MUS020000
MUSIC / History & Criticism
MUS035000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
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SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General
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SCIENCE / Biotechnology