Artist recognized for his work with cybernetics and telematics, and has been concerned with issues of art, technology, and consciousness since the 1960s. He is President of the Planetary Collegium. He is founding president of the Planetary Collegium, an advanced research center that he opened himself in 2003, at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (where he is Professor of Technoetic Arts), with offices in Zurich and Milan. During the 1960s he taught in London at: Ealing, Slade School of Art, Central and Saint Martins Schools of Art.
He then chaired the Ontario College of Art in Toronto for a short period, before moving to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and serving as Vice President and Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute during the 1970s. He was Professor of Communications Theory at the Vienna University of Applied Arts during the 1980s and Professor of Technoetic Arts at the University of Wales Newport in the 1990s. He has advised new media arts organizations in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Europe and North America, as well as UNESCO and the CCE, and since 2000 he has been visiting professor of Multimedia Art and Design at the UCLA School of Arts. He is founder and editor of Technoetic Arts, a speculative research publication, and honorary editor of the Leonardo Journal. Ascott has been International Commissioner of the XLII Venice Biennale of 1986 (Planetary Network & Ubiqua Laboratory.