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What is Technoetic Art?

Technoetic art = art + technology + cognition & perception

Roy Ascott will show you a totally different world with new terms in this week.

During the past three weeks, you have all learned something about the Dao De Jing and Taoism through the interpretation by four professors with different backgrounds. So in the final week, Professor Roy Ascott will talk about the Tao from a completely different angle saying how it could be applied in different fields such as Technoetic Art.

The word “techne” from the Greek, meaning everything concerned with art and making, fabrication and production, and ‘noesis,’ meaning mind, consciousness. Thus the word ‘technoetic art’ provides the framework within which the new kinds of creativity artistic, inventive creativity can come about in the present in the present environment.

About this week’s educator

Roy Ascott, recipient of the first Ars Electronica Golden Nica award for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, focuses on the impact of digital and telecommunications networks on consciousness. He has shown at the Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, Biennale do Mercosul Brazil, European Media Festival, INDAF 2010 Korea, and the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. He has advised universities, arts councils, media centers, and festivals in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, USA and UNESCO. He is the founding President of the Planetary Collegium, an international network for doctoral research, with its hub at Plymouth University, England. In 2012, Roy Ascott became DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts at the DeTao Masters Academy, to promote the development of teaching and research in art, science, technology and consciousness in China.

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