Bill Seaman

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Mingyong Cheng

Bill Seaman is a media artist and professor. He holds a Ph.D. from CAiiA, the Centre For Advanced Inquiry into the Interactive Arts a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. His works superimpose digital manipulated layers of images, video, music, texts, renderings and virtual reality. He works strategies in interactive installations and architectural realms to provoke reflection on language, knowledge, space and visual poetics. He is a member of the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences and Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. He has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan and has won several international awards: a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (United States, 1987), the Siemens Stipendium at the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1994), the Ars Electronica prize (interactive art section, Linz, Austria, 1992 and 1995) and first prize at the Berlin Video/Film Festival (multimedia art section, 1995). His works may be found in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Mediamuseum, Karlsruhe.

2008-Present Professor (Tenured), Art, Art History, & Visual Studies, Duke University
2002-08 Professor, Founding Chair, Digital+Media Department and Graduate Program Director, RISD, Providence, R.I.,
1999 - 2002 Professor at the University College of Los Angeles
1999 Ph.D. , CAiiA, Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales Newport, Wales
1998 if Design Award 98, Hannover
1996 - 1999 Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, USA
1996 - 1998 Research Fellow (Interactive Art), University of Wales, CAIIA - Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts, Caerleon, Wales
1996 - 1998 Artist in Residence, C3 - Center for Culture and Communication, Budapest
1996 Award of the Videonale, Bonn
1995 Distinction of the Ars Electronica / for Passage Sets/One Pull Pivots at the Tip of the Tongue
1995 Internationaler Videokunstpreis, Baden Baden [ / for Passage Sets/One Pull Pivots at the Tip of the Tongue
1994 - 1995 Artist in Residence at the ZKM, Karlsruhe
1994 Artist in Residence at the Nippon Telephon and Telegraph (NTT) Media Lab/Intercommunication Center, Tokio
1993 Siemens Grant, ZKM Karlsruhe
1992 - 1995 Professor for Mediaart, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney
1992 Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz / category interactive art
1991 - 1992 Artist in Residence, University of Western Sydney
1991 Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney
1990 Lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney
1989 Artist in Residence, Australian Network for Art and Technology, Adelaide
1987 - 1989 Lecturer, M.I.T. CAmbridge, USA / Visible Language Workshop, Film/Video Group of the Media Lab
1987 - 1988 Fellow at the Center For Advanced Visual Studies, M.I.T., USA
1987 Cannon Europa Prize of the World Wide Video Festival, The Hague
1987 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Washington D.C.
1983 - 1985 Study at Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge / 1985 Master of Science in Visual Communication
1982 Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design
1979 First Prize of the Sound Art Festival, San Francisco / for Violence is Music is Release
1977 - 1979 Study at the San Francisco Art Institute / 1979 Bachelor of Fine Art
1975 - 1977 Study at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island

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