BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Ken Rinaldo is an artist and theorist who creates interactive multimedia installations that blur the boundaries between the organic and inorganic. He has been working at the intersection of art and biology for over two decades working in the catagories of interactive robotics, biological art, artificial life, interspecies communication, rapid prototyping and digital imaging.

His works have been commissioned and displayed nationally and internationally at museums and galleries such as: The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth Australia, Exit Festival France, Transmediale Berlin, Germany, ARCO Arts Festival Madrid, Spain, The OK Center for Contemporary Art, ARS ELECTRONICA, Austria; The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; The Australian Center for Photograhy; The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Chicago; The Home Show, Seoul, Korea; V2 Dutch Electronica Arts Festival, Rotterdam, Holland; Image Du Future, Montreal, Canada; Siggraph, Los Angeles; The Exploratorium, San Francisco;

He was the recipient of first prize for Avida 3.0 an international competition on Artificial life, an honorable mention in 2001 at Ars Electronica Austria and an award of Distinction from Ars Electronica in 2004 for the work Augmented Fish REality and has received numerous grants and awards including an Ohio Arts Council Grant.

Rinaldo's work has been reviewed and edited in numerous publications and books including: Digital Art by Christiane Paul, Contemporary, ArtByte, NY; Art Press, Paris; Tema Celeste Contemporary Art, Italy; Circa Magazine, Ireland; Information Arts: Intersections of Art Science and Technology by Steve Wilson; The New York Arts Magazine; Virtualities: Television Media Art and Cyberculture by Margaret Morse; Leonardo Digital Salon, SF; Artweek, SF; Wired Magazine, SF; International Design, NY; Intercommunication # 7, a Critical Anthology of Interactive Artists, Japan; Artificial Intelligence Magazine, SF and the book Superdesigning Number 5, Japan.

Rinaldo's work has been featured on TV and radio in Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Japan and Finnish Public TV, as well as The Knowzone a Syndicated television show on the Arts and Sciences, National Public Radio, CNET television coverage of "Delicate Balance", 1994 and a one half hour special on "The Flock" for The Future, Canadian Broadcasting Corporaration; 1994.

He has curated numerous exhibitions specializing in Art and Technology such as; Algorithmic Mash/Machinations at COSI Columbus 2003, Digital Perturbations 2001, Digerati, 2001, Frequency Shifts, 2001; Digital Art in the New Millennium, Columbus Ohio, 2000; Wavicle Illuminata, Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, 1995; Integrated Hemispheres: Woman Art and Technology, Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, 1995; and Convergence a Festival of forty-three artists working in video, performance, robotics, and installation in San Francisco, 1989.

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. His Great, Great Uncle was Robert Fulton the American inventor of the steamboat. Born in 1958, Ken Rinaldo studied biology as a teen, ballet in New York City until the age of 20. He has an Associates in Science in Computer Science from Canada College; 1982, a Bachelors of Art in Communications from The University of California at Santa Barbara; 1984 and a Masters in Fine Arts in Conceptual and Information Arts from San Francisco State University; 1996.

Rinaldo teaches interactive robotic sculpture, digital imaging, multimedia and Directs the Art and Technology program in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio.

 

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