Bill Seaman

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Bill Seaman received a PH.D. from CAiiA, the Centre for Advanced Inquiry In The Interactive Arts, University of Wales, Newport, 1999. He holds a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985. His work explores text, image and/or sound relationships through technological installation, virtual reality, linear video, computer controlled laserdisc and other computer-based media, photography, and studio based audio compositions. He is self-taught as a composer and musician. His works have been in numerous international festivals and Museum shows where he has been awarded prizes such as the Prix Ars Electronica in Interactive Art (1992 &1995, Linz, Austria); International Video Art Prize, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Bonn Videonale prize; First Prize, Berlin Film / Video Festival, for Multimedia in 1995; and the Awards in the Visual Arts Prize. Selected exhibitions include 1996, MEDIASCAPE GUGGENHEIM, New York; the premiere exhibition in 1997 of the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany; 1997, Barbican Centre (London); 1997, C3 - Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest, Hungary ; in 1998, PORTABLE SACRED GROUNDS, NTT-ICC Tokyo; BODY MECHANIQUE, The Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, 1999. Seaman contributed a video set for the production of SLEEPERS GUTS by William Forsythe and Ballet Frankfurt. He recently collaborated with the dancer Regina Van Berkel on the installation entitled "Exchange Fields" which was commissioned by Vision Ruhr exhibition, Dortmund, Germany. He was also commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada for the interactive work "Red Dice / Dés Chiffrés" which is currently touring. "Red Dice / Dés Chiffrés" has recently been purchased by the National Gallery of Canada. The work has been featured in a show sponsored by the Langlois Foundation in Montréal. Last year a linear version of the work was shown as part of the Adelaide Festival in Australia and in Artspace, Sydney. Seaman is a Professor and Program Head in the Digital Media Program, Rhode Island School of Design, where he is exploring issues related to the continuum between physical and virtual/media space. His current research includes the creation of a HYBRID INVENTION GENERATOR, exploring a machinic genetics. This work recently opened in the Tee Papa Museum in New Zealand. It was funded by a gift from the Intel corporation. A second work with Regina Van Berkel is touring throughout Europe. Seaman continues his research at UCLA through his collaboration with Ingrid Verbauwhede in Electrical Engineering. They are working on a project entitled The Poly-sensing Environment.