LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts invites you to
Musings on Art, Technology and Artificial Life
with Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs from
The Ohio State University, USA

Presentations and discussions on recent developments in Art and Technology

Wed, 21 Aug 2002
4 - 6pm
Auditorium, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
Free admission

"Hypernatural-Tech: an obsessive re-invention of the natural"
Amy Youngs creates idealised, technologically-controlled versions of nature
that engage viewers in a visual, tactile and auditory realm. She will show
and discuss artworks that investigate the paradox of technological invasion
and technological remediation of nature.

"Technology Recapitulates Phylogeny: musings on artificial life"
Living systems, through adaptive behaviour and evolution, naturally seek
symbiotic relationships with their environment, which is increasingly
technologically mediated. Ken Rinaldo will discuss and illustrate his
hypothesis that technological systems - such as artificial life and genetic
algorithms - learn and recapitulate the evolved wisdom of living systems and
how the relationship between biology and technology is therefore inevitably

About the Artists:

Amy M. Youngs creates mixed-media interactive sculptures and environments
which reveal her interest in the complex relationship between technology and
our changing concept of nature and self. Her works have been widely
exhibited internationally at art centres and galleries, including the
Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain; the Visual Arts Museum, New York,
USA; and the Art Institute of Chicago's Betty Rymer Gallery, USA. Her work
has been reviewed and edited in a diverse range of publications, including
Artweek, and she has published essays on genetic art (in Leonardo) and art,
technology and ecology (in Nouvel Objet). She has taught at the Columbus
College of Art and Design (Ohio) and the Exploratorium (California), and has
been an Artist-in-Residence and visiting artist in numerous institutions,
including California State University, USA, and Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, USA. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from
the Ohio Arts Council in 2002. Youngs is currently an Assistant Professor
and the Director of the Foundations Program in the Department of Art at The
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Ken Rinaldo is a new media artist and theorist who creates interactive
installations that blur the boundaries between the organic and inorganic. He
believes it is imperative that technological systems acknowledge and model
the evolved wisdom of natural living systems so they will inherently fuse to
permit an interdependent earth. For over two decades, Rinaldo has been
working at the intersection of art and biology, including interactive
robotics, biological art, artificial life, interspecies communication, rapid
prototyping and digital imaging. His works have been commissioned and widely
exhibited internationally at museums, galleries and events, including
Transmediale, Berlin; Ars Electronica, Austria; The Kiasma Museum, Finland;
The Australian Center for Photography, Sydney; Chicago Museum of
Contemporary Art, USA; and the Dutch Electronica Arts Festival, The
Netherlands. His work has been reviewed and edited in a diverse range of
publications and books, including ArtByte NY, Art Press Paris, Leonardo, and
Information Arts by Steve Wilson. He has curated exhibitions specialising in
Art and Technology, and has received several grants and awards, including
first prize for AVIDA 3.0, 2001, an international competition on Artificial
Life. Rinaldo currently directs and teaches robotics in the Art and
Technology program at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

This Forum is organised by School of Multimedia Art, LASALLE-SIA College of
the Arts.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES: Contact Binh Nguyen, Director of Studies (Diploma), School
of Multimedia Art, LASALLE-SIA.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Contact Kim Dy-Liacco Jeremiejczyk, Corporate
Communications Executive, LASALLE-SIA.