His research is in art and the technology of consciousness. He is the founding editor of the journal Technoetic Arts, www.intellectbooks.co.uk, and he serves on the editorial boards of Leonardo, LEA, Convergence, Digital Creativity, and the Chinese journal Tom.Com. He has advised new media centres and festivals in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, as well as the CEC and UNESCO, and convenes the annual international Consciousness Reframed conferences. His publications are translated into many languages and include the books: Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art Technology and Consciousness (2003), Technoetic Arts (2002); Art Technology Consciousness (2000), Reframing Consciousness (1999); and Art & Telematics: toward the Construction of New Aesthetics (1998).
Roy Ascott is the founding director of the Planetary Collegium (a development of CAiiA-STAR which he established in 1994), an international research community which seeks the integration of art , science, technology, and consciousness research within a post-biological culture. It is a community of high level professionals committed, through collaboration and shared discourse, to pushing the boundaries of their art. It provides for doctoral and post-doctoral research. The Planetary Collegium's evolving network currently includes nodes supported by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, UIAH, Finland. Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich is in the process of joining. The Collegium has plans to incorporate nodes located in Brazil, the US, Europe and the Far East, over the next five years.
Roy Ascott is Director of the Planetary Collegium and Professor of Technoetics in the University of Plymouth, England and Adjunct Professor in Design/Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles. Amongst many senior academic and advisory appointments he has been Founding Director of CAiiA-STAR (University of Wales College Newport and Plymouth University); Vice-President and Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute; Professor of Communications Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna; and President of the Ontario College of Art. He is on the Art and Media Panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Board in the UK.