Seamans work often explores an expanded media oriented poetics through various technological means Recombinant Poetics. Such works often explore the combination and recombination of media elements and processes in interactive and generative works of art. Seaman enfolds image/music/text relations in these works, often creating all of the media elements and articulating the operative media-processes involved. He is self-taught as a musician/composer. Early on he discussed his notion of Structured Improvisation, employing specific fragments of his own improvisations and musical constructions as a compositional method. Initially explored via tape loops and layering processes in the 80's, he now facilitates this compositional methodology using the computer, in particular using the audio program Ableton Live.
Grants and Awards
2018 - The Oper& with John Supko, directed by Jim Findlay, Experimental Opera, The Rubenstein Black Box Theatrer, Durham, NC. Made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation & the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.
2013 - Bass Connections, Duke University
2012 - Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke University
2009 - Council for the Arts, Major Collaboration Grant, Duke University
LWexner Museum - Video Artist Residency
2009 - Wexner Museum - Video Artist Residency
2005 - Video Production Grant - Avid / Boston Cyberarts
2005 - Large Format Photographic Signs - Castle Graphics / Boston Cyberarts
2003 - Rockefeller Grant Nominee
2003 - Wexner - Video Artist Residency
2003 - Artslink Travel Grant
2003 - Leonardo Award for Excellence, for “OULIPO | vs | Recombinant Poetics”,
2003 - Leonardo Digital Salon, 34:5 Edited by Christiane Paul