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Researchers in Residence Artist Lecture — Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs

November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

| Free

The IMRC and the Intermedia MFA program are proud to announce the IMRC Fall 2017 Researchers in Residence, Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs from the Art and Technology program at the Ohio State University. Rinaldo and Youngs will be arriving the third week of November and will provide opportunities for students from the Intermedia MFA, New Media and Art dept. to assist in producing a new project for the Stewart Commons lobby, titled “Machine Garden.” Initial 3D design models of the project may be viewed below. They will also be giving a presentation of their work on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in the IMRC APPE 1 space. Students interested in participating in the project should contact Professor Gene Felice for more details.

Machine Garden is a new collaborative project in which plants, constructed and sewn grow bags, worms, fungi, and machines will coexist in a state of symbiotic intertwining. The work is a collaborative project between Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs. The work a commission of the University of Maine, will be located in the lobby of Stewart Commons. The building houses the Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center and the Wyeth Family Studio Art Center, at the University of Maine. This integrated system of plants, worms, and machines will allow plant roots of various varieties to reach forward and allow fungi to communicate. Connected highways constructed of tubes will allow worms to travel from plant to plant enriching soil as they travel.

For more information, visit imrccenter.com.

Ken Rinaldo heads the art and technology program of the Department of Art. He is an artist, theorist, curator, and teacher who creates interactive multimedia installations. His recent works include Augmented Fish Reality a commission of the European Union which allows Siamese Fighting fish to move their robotic fish tanks around the room under their control. Autopoiesis, an interactive artificial life robotic series was commissioned by the Kiasma Museum in Finland 2000. Development of this series employs artificial life programming to manifest evolved behaviors over time, of 15 interacting robotic sound sculptures.

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 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; V2 Dutch Electronica Arts Festival, Rotterdam, Holland; Image Du Future, Montreal; Siggraph, Los Angeles and The Exploratorium, San Francisco.

Amy M. Youngs creates biological art, interactive sculptures, and digital media works that explore relationships between technology and our changing concept of nature and self. Research interests include: interactions with plants and animals, technological nature follies, constructed ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. Youngs has exhibited her works nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in Norway, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She has lectured widely at venues such as the Australian Center For the Moving Image in Australia and the Walker Art Center. She has published articles in Leonardo and Antennae and her work was profiled in the book, Art in Action, Nature, Creativity and our Collective Future. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at The Ohio State University, where she teaches media arts and eco arts courses.


November 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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AP/PE Space, IMRC, Stewart Commons
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States


Gene A. Felice II


All ages
The University of Maine