Ken E. Rinaldo

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Currently based
Columbus, Ohio
Affiliated institution
Emergent Systems

Ken Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive art installations developing hybrid ecologies with animals, algorithms, plants, and bacterial cultures. His art/science practice serves as a platform for hacking complex social, biological, and machine symbionts. Inventing and constructing techno interfaces allows illuminating and amplifying the underlying beauty, and intertwined symbiosis existent in natural living systems.

Living systems as a model have always been THE tool to critically interrogate technology, itself now enacting evolutionary survival instincts, and emergent self-aware software agents.

As biological species have emerged, so too an algorithmic species is arising. The availability of knowledge at the fingertips of most has changed the nature of how we imagine and create, and the individual now joins an emergent cognition of web knowledge.

Digital visualization and fabrication technologies are increasingly supplanting the hand of the artist, and the computer has further become an ideational amplifier. Epistemology has always been about lenses, and when lenses were analog and made of glass, they changed our world views profoundly. Our lenses are still made of glass, though now silicon and algorithms are supplanting optical lenses. Instead, data-based algorithmic ways of knowing are becoming predominant. These technologies, in association with biological procedures, such as CRISPR Cas9, will undoubtedly mean a semi-living constructed species can and will appear.

Rinaldo is focused on theories of life, symbiogenesis, trans-species communication, and providing models for how technological systems can use structural and process lessons from nature to be more sensitive to all living species. Bio-art, interactive installation, non-violent action, animation, food systems, trans-species artworks, robotic sculpture, and rapid prototyping are all areas I enjoy playing in. The critical use of technology influences, changes, and further mutates my ideas, while the algorithm increasingly becomes a selective pressure in our co-evolution with intelligent machines.

Rinaldo’s works have been commissioned by museums, festivals and galleries internationally such as the Art laboratory, Berlin, McDonough Museum of Art, Innovation Media Research and Commercialization Center, US, ALIFE; Mexico, Centro National Arts Mexico, Nuit Blanche, Canada, Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, Kiasma Museum; Finland, World Ocean Museum; Russia, Ars Electronica; Austria, National Center for Contemporary Art; Russia, Lille International Arts Festival; France, la Maison d’Ailleurs; Switzerland, Vancouver Olympics; Canada, Platform 21; Holland, Transmediale; Berlin, AV Festival; England, Caldas Museum of Art; Colombia, Arco Arts Festival; Spain, Te Papa Museum; New Zealand, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo; Spain, Pan Palazzo Delle Arti; Italy, V2 DEAF; Holland, Siggraph; Los Angeles, Exploratorium; San Francisco, Itau Cultural Museum; Brazil, Biennial for Electronic Art; Australia

2004 Award of Distinction from Ars Electronica
2002 Awarded at the Transmediale Berlin
2000 Awarded at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland
2000 Avida 3.0 1st Prize Artificial life art work / for Autopoiesis
1998 Awarded at Image Du Future, Montreal, Canada
1998 Assitant Professor at the Ohio State University, Art and Technology in The Department Of Art, Columbus Ohio
1997 - 1998 Engineer at ZENTEK Inc.
1997 - 1998 Lecturer at the Columbia College, Department of Science and Math, Chicago IL.
1996 - 1997 Visiting Artist at the Chicago Art Institute, Department of Art and Technology, Chicago IL.
1996 M.F.A. at the San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA / Informationart/Conceptualdesign
1984 B.A. at the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA / Communication
1982 A.S. at the Canada College, Redwood City, CA. / Computer Science