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Roy Ascott is a pioneer of cybernetics and telematics in art whose work focuses on the impact of digital and telecommunications networks on consciousness; Ascott studied under Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton at King's College, University of Durham; he has been Dean of San Francisco Art Institute, California, Professor and Head of Communications Theory in the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and Principal of Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Professor of Technoetic Art at University of Plymouth, and Adjunct Professor in Design|Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles; the Groundcourse at Ealing School of Art, London, was the first of his radical interventions in art education; most recently founder and director of the graduate program CAiiA-STAR and Professor of Interactive Art at the University of Wales College Newport; founding editor of the international journal Technoetic Arts, and member of the editorial boards of Leonardo, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Convergence, Digital Creativity, and the Chinese language online journal Tom.Com.