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

    TI 700 portable computer terminal manufactured by Texas Instruments in the 1970s and 1980s. Silent 700s printed with a 5 x 7 dot-matrix heating element onto a roll of heat-sensitive paper. Some models, like this one were equipped with an integrated acoustic coupler and modem that could receive data. Ascott, Adrian, Bartlett and […]

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, […]