Billy Apple

Relation of Aesthetic Choice to Life Activity (Function) of the Subject

1961–2

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Lithograph on primed canvas with neon gas tube
Dimensions
Support: 951 x 749 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2013
Reference
T13876

Display caption

In 1961 Ascott became interested in cybernetic
theory and adopted cybernetic approaches
into his formulation of the Groundcourse at
Ealing College of Art (1961–4). For Ascott,
cybernetics represented a process of
communication and behaviour from which
observations of the world could be made.
Here, the combination of multiple possibilities
achieved by the interrelation of the panels and
solid wooden elements, combined with a
transparent moveable central panel, allows
the work to be created by the viewer whose
interaction brings the object into being.

Gallery label, September 2016

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