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Roy Ascott (born in Bath in 1934, lives and works in Bristol), recipient of the 2014 Ars Electronica Golden Nica Award “Visionary Pioneers of Media Art”, has shown at Tate Britain, Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, V2 , Milan Triennale, Biennale do Mercosul Brazil, European Media Festival, MAM, Paris, among many others. Seminal projects include: La Plissure du Texte at Electra,  Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 1984, (Second Life versions 2010, 2012), and Aspects of Gaia, Ars Electronica Linz 1989. Retrospectives shown at Plymouth Arts Centre, 2009; Incheon International Festival of Digital Art, Korea 2010; at SPACE, Hackney, London, 2011; and at ‘Syncretic Cybernetics”, Shanghai Biennale 2012. Roy Ascott: The Analogues was shown at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, 2013. He is Founding President of the Planetary Collegium (World Universities Forum Award Best Practice in Higher Education 2011) based in Plymouth University, UK; DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts at DTMA, Shanghai; and Hon. Professor at Aalborg University, Copenhagen. He established the radical 1960s Groundcourse at Ealing and Ipswich, and taught at the Slade, Central St Martins School of Art. He was of President Ontario College of Art, Toronto; Vice-President San Francisco Art Institute; Professor of Communications Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Professor of Interactive Arts, University of Wales. Graduate of King’s College, University of Durham. He lectures and publishes worldwide. His books include: 未来就是现在:艺术,技术和意识 [The Future is Now. Gold Wall Press, Beijing, 2012; Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art Technology and Consciousness, University of California Press, 2003. 테크노에틱 아트 [Technoetic Arts].Yonsei University Press, 2002.テレマティックス:新しい美学の構築に向かって[Art & Telematics: toward the Construction of New Aesthetics] NTT, Tokyo, 1998. Advised art centres, festivals, juries throughout Europe, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, USA, CEC, UNESCO. Ascott’s work is part of the permanent collection of Tate Gallery London.