Talk: Bill Seaman, Recombinant Poetics and Neosentience Research

Talk: Bill Seaman, Recombinant Poetics and Neosentience Research

West Hall, Room 211

November 4, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bill Seaman is Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. He is a member of the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences and is active in ongoing research. His research in part focuses on Neosentience (Forthcoming book with Otto Rössler, Intellect Press), a potentially new branch of scientific and poetic inquiry related to artificial intelligence. The term Neosentience was first suggested in a paper by Seaman as part of a new embodied robotic paradigm, arising out of ongoing theoretical research with Otto E. Rössler. Rössler, theoretical biologist and physicist, and Seaman, artist-researcher, have been examining the potential of generating an intelligent, embodied, multi-modal sensing, and computational robotic system. Although related to artificial intelligence the goal of this system is the creation of an entity exhibiting a new form of sentience. Seaman also creates generative and "Recombinant Poetic" artworks that explore differing forms of image, music, text and interface relationships through computational interaction, combinatoric media/database aesthetics, as well as generative computer-based systems. His work Passage Sets (Wall of Light Version) has been featured on the digital wall in the Link at Duke of late (with Todd Berreth). His collaborative work with Daniel Howe, The Architecture of Association was featured last year in the Chat Festival in the RENCI center, Chapel Hill and in Paris at the Grand Palais in a major media show entitled Dans La Nuit, Des Images. The work is also installed in the East Duke Building. He is currently working on A Virtual World Generating system in collaboration with programmer Gideon May and Rachel Brady at Duke's Dive which will become an open source tool for both artistic and scientific exploration. He is also working on the creation of a new set of digital tools to aid in contemporary research called the "insight engine" [generative/recombinant informatics]. His teaching covers a number of differing Digital Media, Art and Visual Studies topics including: Experimental Interface Design; Perspectives - Navigating the Digital Visual; and The Human as Computer - Toward a new Artistic and Computational Paradigm.

Historical Narrative:

Bill Seaman has explored text, image, sound and interface relationships through diverse technological means since 1979. Seaman is self-taught as a composer and musician. He studied video, performance, and installation at the San Francisco Art Institute, BFA 1979. He holds a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985. At MIT he first began exploring the potentials of computer-based media. His Ph.D. is from CAiiA, the Centre For Advanced Inquiry into the Interactive Arts, 1999. 

Seaman has been developing plans for a multi-modal relational database to house both the art and science research related to the Thoughtbody Environment, Neosentience, and the Electrochemical Computing Paradigm.

He is collaborating on a new digital work exploring Bisociation with Daniel 

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