Bill Seaman: Suspended Sentence

May 24 – September 13, 2018

Bill Seaman: Suspended Sentence exhibition postcard front

May 24 – September 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 24, 6-8 pm,
Artist Talk 6:30 pm

Site-specific distributed poem with video and audio component inspired by architectural details, heating and lighting systems, and emergency signs of UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus in Downtown New Bedford.

Video, Music, Text, and Video Still Collages: Bill Seaman
Contrabass and Electric Bass guitar library: Sid Richardson
Printed by Vijay Rajkumar
Fabric constructions and screenprinting by Paula Erenberg Medeiros
Technical support for piano recording session and piano sample library preparation: John Supko
Exhibition Curator: Viera Levitt

Special thanks to:
The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University
The Emergence Lab
Signature Signs, Westport MA 

Seaman studied at Rhode Island School of Design (Foundations, Video and Sculpture), The San Francisco Art Institute (Scuplture, Performance, Installation), MIT (Master of Science in Visual Studies), and the University of Wales (at the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Art) for his PhD. He is currently working on a new book – From the Architecture of Ideas: The Life and Work of Ranulph Glanville, Cybernetician.

Seaman has been interested in meaning production and has explored ideas around computational meta-meaning systems— systems that enable a user to become mindfully aware of how meaning is arising and changing through their interaction. He is deeply interested in new forms of computation, learning systems, the concept of creating an electrochemical computer, as well as the concept of Computational Creativity – both using the computer as a creative tool, as well as articulating the future of creative potentials as explored via computational devices – the creativity of creativity. He has won a number of awards including two awards from Ars Electronica in Interactive Art; Intel Research Gift (3 years); Awards in the Visual Arts – Rockefeller Foundation; Fulbright Distinguished American Scholar (Senior Technological Specialist); International German Video Art Prize; NEA Fellowship; Semens’ Stipendium; and Leonardo Award for Excellence, among others. He has been commissioned on a number of occasions including William Forsythe and Ballett Frankfurt (Sleepers Guts) for video/set design; the Museum of Image and Sound - MIS Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil – Architecture of Association (with Daniel Howe); Tanz_Performance Köln – Inversion (with Regina van Berkel); Vision Ruhr — Exchange Fields (with Regina van Berkel); National Gallery of Canada — Red Dice | Des Chiffré; Greatwoods & Leonard Slatkin, Guest Conductor Pittsburgh Symphony — Pictures at an Exhibition (video for live performance); and the Contemporary Art Television Fund (CAT) – The Water Catalogue.

Bill Seaman's website: billseaman.com

More info: Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator, gallery@umassd.edu

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