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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

2002 - Langlois Foundation, Poly-sensing Environment

with Dr. Ingrid Verbauwhede, UCLA, Electrical Engineering, Mark Hanson, Bell Labs

Los Angeles, CA

2002 - Fulbright Distinguished American Scholar, Wellington

New Zealand

2001 - Chancellor’s Fund for Academic Border Crossing, UCLA

with Dr. Ingrid Verbauwhede, Electrical Engineering

Los Angeles, CA

1996-99 - Research Fellow, Interactive Art University of Wales

CAIIA-Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts

Caerleon, Wales

1999-2001 - Intel Research Gift

L.A., C.A.

1998 - Industrial Forum Award Hannover


1996 - Bonn Videonale Prize Bonn


1995 - Project Grant, Australian Film Commission

Sydney, Australia

1995 - International German Video Art Prize

Baden Baden, Germany

1995 - Travel Grant, Australian Film Commission

Sydney, Australia

1995 - Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica

Linz, Austria

1993 - Siemens Stipendium, ZKM Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany

1992-1993 - Australian Research Council

Sydney, Australia

1992 - Best International Video

Cadíz, Spain

1992 - Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica

Linz, Austria

1995 - First Prize, Berlin Film and Video Festival, Multimedia

Berlin, Germany

1990-91 - Travel Grant, New Image Research, Australian Film Commission

Sydney, Australia

1991 - National Tour Grant, New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council

Wellington, New Zealand

1989 - Travel Grant, Australian Video Festival

Sydney Australia

1987 - Fellowship, Massachusetts State Council Artist

Boston, Massachusetts

1987 - Cannon Europa Prize, World Wide Video Festival

Den Haag, Holland

1987 - Cat Fund Interarts Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

Washington, D.C.

1986 - Massachusetts Production Grant, Massachusetts State Council on the Arts and Humanities

Boston, Massachusetts

1986 - Fusion/Fission Grant, Real Art Ways

Boston, Massachusetts

1986 - Awards in the Visual Arts, Rockefeller Foundation

Winston-Salem, N. Carolina

1986 - Finalist, Artist Foundation

Hartford, Connecticut

1985 - Massachusetts Production Grant, Massachusetts State Council on the Arts and Humanities

Boston, Massachusetts

1985 - Monte Verite Invitational Prize

Locarno, Switzerland

1985 - First Prize, 2nd International Biennial

Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

1985 - Best Sound, Geneva International Video Festival

Geneva, Switzerland

1979 - First Prize, San Francisco Art Institute Sound Art

San Francisco, California