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