Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Photo: Gailen Manuel. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Photo: Gailen Manuel. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Photo: Gailen Manuel. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Photo: Mark Pinder. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Photo: Mark Pinder. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Ken Rinaldo and Matt Howard, The Autotelematic Spider Bots , 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

AV Festival 06 commissioned the eminent media artist Kenneth Rinaldo to make a new artificial life installation The Autotelematic Spider Bots. A gaggle of 2ft x 1.5ft ‘Spider Bots’, made from plastics and electronics look like spiders, search for food like ants, see like bats and communicate like twittering birds. The robots are programmed to interact and react with audience and even have the power to activate your phone.

Rinaldo says: “My work is related to research of living systems. I am interested in the intertwined symbiosis of all living things at all levels and scales. What is happening in our technological world is a systemic approach which doesn’t take on ecology and communication.” 

Biography
Renowned inventor and artist Kenneth Rinaldo has been at the forefront of media art for over a decade, regularly showing at forums such as Ars Electronica. His work often blurs the boundaries between the organic and inorganic. Over 20 years he has pioneered interactive robotics, biological art, artificial life, interspecies communication, rapid prototyping and digital imaging. Rinaldo has been commissioned and presented internationally at museums and galleries such as: Kiasma, Helsinki; Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; Banff, Canada; Biennial for Electronic Art Australia; Transmediale, Berlin; Arco Arts Festival, Spain and V2 Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Holland.

Credit
Commissioned by AV Festival 06. Supported by Laser Productions and Parallax inc. World Premiere.

Kenneth Rinaldo & Matt Howard: Autotelematic Spider Bots

FREE

Preview: Tue 7 March 2006, 5.15–6.30pm

Wed 8 March – Sun 19 March 2006

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Burdon Road
Sunderland SR1 1PP
twmuseums.org.uk 

Opening Times
Mon - Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 2-5pm 

Additional Information

Artist's Website
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