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 categories 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 and he has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including an award of Distinction in Ars Electronica 2004 and first prize in Avida 3.0 for Autopoiesis in 2001. Rinaldo teaches interactive robotic sculpture and multimedia in the Art and Technology program of The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio.


Artiificial Life, Intelligence and Symbiosis

While biological systems have always served as worthy starting points from which to study, emulate and model artificial life, biological intelligences do not exist in individuals alone. There is an intrinsic structural coupling between all levels of living matter, which is upwardly emergent with matter, energy and information at system levels above and below it. Consequently, approaches to machine intelligence and artificial life should also be expanded to incorporate and consider complex environmental and behavioral entities. Natural living systems are competitive, communicative and symbiotically intertwined and yet we have few examples of functioning machine installations, which are designed to exhibit biomachinic symbiosis. Ken Rinaldo will look at artworks and scientific investigations which expand notions of artificial intelligence and Alife to exhibit levels of emergence. He proposes that an awareness of ecology and symbiosis in biological systems can point to software and hardware approaches, which look to the environment in which our intelligent machines may arise, emerge and intertwine.