Bill Seaman

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media artist

*1965, Kent, Missouri [USA]
lives and works Los Angeles [USA]

Bill Seaman holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Advanced Inquiry into Interactive Art [CaiiA] at the University of Wales, Newport [UK] (1999). He received a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute [USA] in 1979. He is currently Professor at UCLA's Department of Design/Media Arts.
Seaman's work focuses on the exploration of the manifold interrelations of text, image and sound through foremostly computer-based media. His video works, CD-ROM projects, installations and interactive environments are characterized by a specific cinematic language, fusing different forms of narrative structures with audio-visual elements to created a highly complex poetic space, a web of individually readable structures.
Seaman, whose works have been presented worldwide at festivals and major museums, has received numerous awards including the "Prix Ars Electronica in Interactive Art" in 1992 and 1995, ZKM's "International Media Art Award", and the "Videonnale-Prize" [Bonn, D].

Awards and Residencies | Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Works | Bibliography | Recommended Links

Awards and Residencies ::

"if Design Award '98", Hannover [D] 1997; "Videonale"-Prize, Bonn [D], 1996; Prize of the "International Video Art Award", Baden Baden [D], 1995 Distinction, category "Interactive Art", Prix Ars Electronica", Linz [A], 1995; Distinction, category "Interactive Art", Prix Ars Electronica, Linz [A], 1992; "Cannon Europa Prize", World Wide Video Festival, The Hague [NL], 1987.

Research Fellow (Interactive Art), University of Wales, CAIIA - Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts, Caerleon, Wales [UK], 1996-98; Artist in Residence, C3 - Center for Culture and Communication, Budapest [H], 1996-98; Artist in Residence, NTT Media Lab / InterCommunication Center, Tokyo [J], 1994; Artist in Residence, ZKM | Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe [D], 1995; Siemens Stipendium, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe [D], 1993; Artist in Residence, University of Western Sydney [AUS], 1991-92; Artist in Residence, Australian Network for Art and Technology, Adelaide [AUS], 1989; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Washington D.C. [USA], 1987; Fellow, Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), Cambridge, Mass. [USA], 1985/ 1987-88.


Solo Exhibitions ::

The Daniel Langlois Foundation / Cinémateque Québecoise, Montreal [CDN]

"Bill Seaman: Red Dice", National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON [CDN]

C3 - Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest [H]
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover [D]

"Bill Seaman: Passage Sets / One pulls pivots at the tip of the tongue", Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn [D]

Level 2 Project Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney [AUS]

NTT Media Lab, Tokyo [J]

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney [AUS]

Institute of Contemporary Art [ICA], Boston, Mass. [USA]


Group Exhibitions ::

"", Zeche Zollverein II/IV, Dortmund [D]
Artspace, Sydney [AUS]

"Perspectives", Kunsthalle Budapest [H]

"Body Mécanique", Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbis, OH [USA]

"Serious Games", Barbican Gallery, London [UK]
Opening Exhibition of the ZKM | Media Museum, Karlsruhe [D]

"Interact!", Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, Dusiburg [D]
"ELECTRA", Oslo [N]
"Mediascape, Guggenheim SoHo, New York [USA]
"Dutch Electronic Art Festival", Rotterdam [NL]

"ISEA95", Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal [CDN]
"Ars Electronic", Ars Electronica Center, Linz [A]
"MultiMediale 4", Opelgelände, Karlsruhe [D]
"European Media Art Festival - EMAF", Osnarbrück [D]
"Dutch Electronic Art Festival - DEAF", Rotterdam [NL]

"MIT 25 Year Retrospective", Cambridge, Mass. [USA]

Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney [AUS]
"Artificial Games", Munich [D]
Siggrapph", Anaheim, Cal. [USA]
"FISEA", Minneapolis [USA]

"9th Biennale of Sydney", Sydney [AUS]

"Ars Electronica: Endo Nano", Linz [A]
"Bitte Berühren!", ZKM Karlsruhe [D]
"Experimenta 1992", Melbourne [AUS]

"Télévisions", Montreal [CDN]

"World Wide Video Festival", The Hague [NL]


Works ::

"Inversion" (work in progress), 2001 - [dance; interactive installation] - with Regina Van Berkel

"Hybrid Invention Generator" (work in progress), 2001 - [interactive project]

"Exchange Fields", 2000 [interactive installation/video] - with Regina Van Berkel

"Red Dice/Des Chiffres", 2000 [interactive installation/video]

"The World Generator / The Engine of Designer", 1996-98 [virtual environment] - with Gideon May [programmer]

"The Engine of Desire", 1996 [video/interactive videodisc]

"Passage Sets - One Pulls Pivots at the Tip of the Tongue", 1995 [video/interactive videodisc]

"Abstract Machine - Erotic", 1994 [interactive installation]

"The Exquisite Mechanisms of Shivers", 1991-3 [interactive work on CD-Rom/interactive videodisc/video]

"The Watch Detail", 1990 [video/interactive videodisc]

"The Design of the Grip", 1989 [video installation]

"Shear", 1986 [video]

"Boxer's Puzzle", 1986 [video]

"Telling Motions", 1986 [video]

"The Water Catalogue", 1984 [video]

"S.he", 1983 [video]

"Home - Homeostatic Range", 1981 [video]

° Works in Museums and Collections ::

Museum of Modern Art, New York [USA]; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki [FIN]; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin [D]; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich [CH]; ZKM | Media Museum [D].


Bibliography ::

Medienmuseum/ ZKM Karlsruhe; Schwarz, Hans-Peter [eds.]: Media Art History, München/ New York 1997; Seaman, Bill: "Hybrid Architectures - Media Information Environments", in Intelligent Environments - Spatial Aspect of the Information Revolution, Amsterdam 1997; Frieling, Rudolf: "Hot Spots - Texte in Bewegung und die elektronischen Medien", in Kunstforum, vol. 133, 1996, pp. 475-477; Kushara, Machiko: "Serious Games - Collisions of Meaning and free Association Paradigms", in InterCommunication Annual 95, Tokyo 1995; Seaman, Bill: "The Exquisite Mechanism of Shivers", and "Notes on Ex. Mech", [in cat. ICC Tokyo] 1994; Daniels, Dieter: "Bill Seaman - Ex. Mech.", in ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe [ed.]: artintact 1, Ostfildern 1994; Seaman, Bill: "Notes on Artificial Games", in Visual Proceedings - Computer Graphics Siggraph '93, Anaheim 1993; Barrie, Lita: "Poetic Potential - Video Poetics", in Artweek, vol. 21, June 1990, San Jose; Herzogenrath, Wulf; Decker, Edith [eds.]: Video-Skulptur retrospektiv und aktuell - 1963-1989, Cologne1989.


Recommended Links ::

- > Bill Seaman : Homepage

- > Texts by Bill Seaman

- > Bill Seaman: "The World Generator", 1996-98 [interactive installation]
(description/235 media)

- > Bill Seaman : "Passage Sets/One Pulls Pivots At The Tip Of The Tongue", 1994-95
(description/ Collection of the ZKM_Media Museum)

- > "Bill Seaman: Passage Sets / One Pulls Pivots At The Tip Of The Tongue", solo exhibition at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn [D], 09/06 - 11/03/1996

- > "Poetic Reflection on a Sensual Future"
(text about Seaman's work "Passage Sets/One Pulls Pivots At The Tip Of The Tongue"; 1994-95; in the context of the "Dutch Electronic Art Festival [DEAF] 1995 : "Interfacing Realities", Rotterdam [NL])