[-empyre-] Long Bio for Ken Rinaldo
Ken Rinaldo is an artist, theorist and author who creates interactive
multimedia installations that blur the boundaries between the organic and
inorganic. Integration of the organic and electro-mechanical elements in his
interactive installations asserts a confluence and co-evolution between
living and evolving technological material. His installations are influenced
by theories on living systems, artificial life, interspecies and transpecies
communication and the underlying pattern and beauty inherent in the nature
and organization of matter, energy, and information.
His works have been commissioned, presented and displayed nationally and
internationally at museums and galleries such as the: Galician Museum of
Contemporary art Spain, lille International Arts Festival France, Itau
Museum Brazil, Exit Festival France, Banff Canada, Biennial for Electronic
Art Australia, Transmediale Berlin, Ars Electronica Austria, Arco Arts
Festival Spain, The Kiasma Museum Finland, Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, Home Show Korea, V2 Dutch Electronica Arts Festival Holland, Image
Du Future Montreal Canada, Siggraph Los Angeles and The Exploratorium San
Rinaldo was the recipient of an Award of Distinction from Ars Electronica
Austria in 2004 and first prize for Avida 3.0 Spain in 2001.
Rinaldo's work has been reviewed and edited in numerous publications
including: Digital Art by Christiane Paul, Contemporary Italy, ArtByte NY,
Art Press Paris, Tema Celeste Italy, Circa Magazine Ireland, Information
Arts by Steve Wilson, The New York Arts Magazine, Leonardo San Francisco,
Artweek San Francisco, Wired Magazine and Intercommunication # 7 Japan.
Rinaldo's work has been featured on TV and radio in Italy, Spain, France,
Sweden, Austria, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Brazil and Finnish Public TV and
the USA on The Knowzone, National Public Radio and CNET. He has curated
numerous exhibitions such as Algorithmic Mash/Machinations at COSI in
Columbus, Wavicle Illuminata, Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco and
Integrated Hemispheres: Woman Art and Technology San Francisco.
Rinaldo comes from a family of artists and inventors. Both his parents are
contemporary artists. His French Grandfather Jean Vincent Rinaldo was a
painter and a member of the Salon Des Independent in Paris. His Scottish
Grandfather was an electronics inventor.
Born in 1958 Rinaldo studied biology as a teen and ballet in New York till
20. He has an AS in Computer Science from Canada College, a BA in
Communications from University California Santa Barbara and a MFA from the
Conceptual and Information Arts program, San Francisco State University.
Rinaldo is an Associate Professor teaching robotic installation and
multimedia in the Art & Technology program at The Ohio State University in
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