Kenneth E. Rinaldo
Emergent Systems <2000>
Kenneth E. Rinaldo's installations reflect the effects
of technology on the natural world. Through the integ ration of organic and electro-mechanical medium, Rinaldo creates interactive space, through which the viewer can move, thus becoming part of the installation. His work engages the viewer through open-form structures that accurately relate the form, but do not close the form off from the viewer. Rinaldo walks the thin line between organic and technological, to create pieces that spark the imagination, and amuse those who view his work.
Cybersqueaks, (left middle) an interactive creature,
actually communicates with the viewer through a series of deep tones. When stroked, or touched, the tones increase their pitch, to give the illusion of pleasure. Autopoesis, (bottom left) bridges the organic-technology gap, by incorporating plant stems with robotic joints and infra-red sensors to create living, moving structures. Mediated Encounters, (below) allows two fish to swim about the room without ever leaving their bowls. Robotic arms and sensors propel the fish bowls around the space.