Kenneth Edmund Rinaldo

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    Ken Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive art installations, bio-art, and animation 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 relationships. 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 of active research.

    Rinaldo’s works have been commissioned by museums, festivals, and galleries traveling to over 30 countries; such as the B3 Biennale of Moving Image, Frankfurt, Art laboratory, Berlin, McDonough Museum of Art, US, 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 and the Biennial for Electronic Art; Australia.

    Rinaldo was the recipient of an Award of Distinction in 2004 at Ars Electronica Austria for Augmented Fish Reality and first prize for Vida 3.0 Madrid for his work Autopoiesis, which also won an honorable mention in Ars Electronica in 2001. In 2008 Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs were awarded a Green Leaf Award from The United Nations Environment Fund for the Farm Fountain. He is the recipient of three Battelle Endowment grants as well as a cultural Olympian for the Vancouver Olympics in 2009. Rinaldo is a member of the Senior Academic Board for Antennae Magazine and author of Interactive Electronics for Artists and Inventors.

    His work has been featured on the radio and TV internationally, including BBC, ORF, CNN, CNET, CBC & the Discovery Channel. Select publications include Art and Electronic Media by Edward Shanken, Evolution Haute Couture Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age edited by Dmitry Bulatov, Art and Science Steve Wilson, Inside Art E Sciencia edited by Leonel Moura, Politics of the Impure V2 Publishing, Digital Art by Christiane Paul, Information Arts by Steve Wilson, Contemporary Italy, NY Arts Magazine, NY Times, Art Press Paris, Tema Celeste Italy and Wired Magazine.


    Kenneth Edmund Rinaldo creates interactive multimedia works which look to the intersection of natural and tech­nological systems. His works are influenced by theories on living systems, artificial intelligence, artificial life, and the nature and organization of matter. He believes it is imper­ative that technological systems develop a sensitive ecolo­gy which is modeled on the principles of living systems, so they will inherently fuse to permit an emergent, interde­pendent earth. Kenneth Rinaldo was born in 1958 in New York. His grandfather was a Parisian artist and his mother and father are both contemporary artists. At eighteen he studied to be a ballet dancer in New York City. Returning to school at twenty he earned an A.S. Degree in Computer Science from Canada College (1982),a 8.A in Communications from The University of California, Santa Barbara (1984) and an M.F.A in Conceptual Art from San Francisco State University (1991).

    His works have been dis­played and Collected in the U.S. and abroad at such shows as the Home Show in Seoul Korea (1996), V2, Dutch Electronic Art Festival in Rotterdam, Holland (1995), Image Du Future in Montreal, Canada, (1992 & 1995) and SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles (1994). He has curated numerous exhibitions specializing in art and technology, such as Wavicle Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco (1995), Integrated Hemispheres: Woman Art and Technology, Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, (1995). ATA Gallery, San Francisco, a festival of forty three artists work­ing in video, performance, robotics, and installation.


    Robotic artist, proprietor of Interactive Emergent Systems.


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  • San Francisco, California, United States of America


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