Portuguese Murmurations is a data manipulation series inspired by the architecture, nature, culture and art I have experienced in my visits to Portugal. Dramatic features of Lisbon’s cultural landscape defined how these works evolved and how the natural and historical features inspired them.  The works focus on Portugal’s diverse flora and fauna, the convergence of the natural and built environment, music, blue sky, storks, culture and bridges. These works are commissioned by the Centro Portuguese de Serigraphia, for their 30th anniversary in 2015 invited by Joao Prates. As color and light creates emotion and has impacts on the psychic space of the cities inhabitants, color and light also are used to generate form in this series through data transformation or data mediation between the data source and the image it allows.  The process starts with long walks on golden cobblestone while taking photos of the city. These photos are manipulated in 3D modeling software such that color and light data allows the generation and fluid manipulation of form. Transmutated forms are layered in a spatial dimension to create connections. By stretching color/light data in time/space some dimensions and not others allowed the data to relax in space to reveal form, rhythm and pattern. In these process-based works, waves of color and rhythm reveal syncopated and undulating structures mapped to the color that created that form. Murmuration is the act of many starlings flying together and I felt it was an ideal metaphor for a data based series, relying on free floating and moving points to drag and create form.

Future City is an extrusion and extension of the city of Lisbon. Originating as photos of the life-sustaining river and connecting bridge, abstracted into space and superimposed on a floating ochre landscape. 

Future City by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal
Future City by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on LS Cotton radiant white 270 gr paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal. Edition of 30 @ 35,5 x 48 and 3 @ 76,6 x 108 centimeters on German Etching 310gr paper.

The background is evocative of future forward thinking ideas, traditions in Portugal like sustainable cork harvesting and limestone sidewalks. These seemingly old technologies are actually pointers to new desired  trajectories that can do serve as models for future sustainable and symbiotic practices.

Fado
is a work originating from historical photos and a 1910 painting by Jose Malhoa of a Fado Singer with a classical guitar and a woman enraptured in song. Photos of this painting, and others of Amalia Rodriquez and Mariza, are layered and algorithmically manipulated in one dimension in time to allow color and light data to create form. 

Fado 2015 by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal
Fado 2015 by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on LS Cotton radiant white 270 gr paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal. Edition of 30 @ 35,5 x 48 and 3 @ 76,6 x 108 centimeters

 The deep blue tones in this work visually speak emotions of love, beauty, sadness, melancholia and the passion for life evident in the inhabitants of the city though more so revealed in this tremendously emotional Portuguese music genre. 

Intermingle is a conflation of algorithmically manipulated photographs. Natural layers that exist in all cities starting with land and progressing to the atmosphere and solar system act as organizing principles of the construction. Images of water and bacteria function as generators of form and serve as connecting visual glue between each layer. 

Intermingle by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal
Intermingle by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print onLS Cotton radiant white 270 gr paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal. Edition of 30 @ 35,5 x 48 and 3 @ 76,6 x 108 centimeters

The top layer is a data-manipulated sun and sky and the next layers are data-manipulated images of storks in a tower (protected in Portugal), land with an Iberian wolf and deep blue Portugal sky. Each layer is connected with floating dots and rhythmic lines to assert the interconnection of all; through the water and its life giving bacterial cultures we share and is part of our evolution as a species.

Lisbon Rising is a work generated from data manipulated photos of historical Lisbon architecture. Photos of geometric tile works, yellow industrial cranes the Tejo River are manipulated in a three-dimensional software space, against deep blue skies. The yellow construction cranes inspire me as they are rising everywhere, as extensions of human mind/hands/fingers, constructing and re/constructing the city. 

Lisbon Rising by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal
Lisbon Rising by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on LS Cotton radiant white 270 gr paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigrapia. Lisbon Portugal. Edition of 30 @ 35,5 x 48 and 3 @ 76,6 x 108 centimeters

These data manipulated photos juxtapose the architectonic with geologic in allowing data mountains and ravines. They conflate the real, the virtual, and constructed space into a seamless whole.

The Music Cannot be Contained is a work generated from a photographic manipulation one of Lisbon’s recent public concerts in the park. The photo was expanded in such a way that the image allows the work to appear to be sound exploding from a central point. 

The Music Cannot be Contained by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal
The Music Cannot be Contained by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on LS Cotton radiant white 270 gr paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Edition of 30 @ 35,5 x 48 and 3 @ 76,6 x 108 centimeters

As music and sound travels through time, the work is extruded outward in a sonification of data, where image as generator is conflated with visual metaphor for that sound.

Sonic Space is Memory is also generated from photographing the concert in the park and then extruding the light and color data into this form. Parts of the photo, such as the large phototron screen are manipulated algorithmically and mixed with images of humans listening and dancing. 

Sonic Space is Memory by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal
Sonic Space is Memory by Ken Rinaldo, Giclee Print on LS Cotton radiant white 270 gr paper produced at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia. Lisbon Portugal. Edition of 30 @ 35,5 x 48 and 3 @ 76,6 x 108 centimeters

The exuberance and undulations of these works are a reflection of the joy and color of the city’s people and inspiring natural and cultural landscapes.


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

CULTIVAMOS CULTURA                                                                          Odemira, Portugal, April 2015
Works from the Portoguese Murmeration Series in 40 Exhibition curated by Marte Demenezes, Giclee prints
CALDAS DA RAINA, MUSEU JOSE MALHOA
,                                                      Portugal, April 2015
Works from the Portoquese Murmeration Series Giclee prints
CENTRO PORTUGUESE DE SERIGRAPHIA                                     Lisbon, Portugal, Summer 2015
     Invitational 30th year anniversary production of prints Residency and exhibition
FIG BILBAO                                                                                            Bilbao, Spain, November 2015
International Festival of Art on Paper shows new works produced at Centro Portoquese de
Serigraphia curated and invited by Joao Prates.
A-MUNICIPAL LIBRARY GALLERY                                                          Odermira, Portugal Dec 2015
     Murmuration series in exhibition Ser based on serendipity curated and invited Marta De Menezes
ANTONIO PRATES GALLERY                                                            Lisbon, Portugal, Aug/Sept 2016
     One person exhibition of new robotic works along with Murmuration works.
FACULTY OF FINE ARTS GALLERY                                                            Lisbon, Portugal Oct 2016
     Murmuration series in exhibition Ser based on serendipity curated and invited Marta De Menezes
LABORAL SPAIN,                                                                          Madrid Spain Spring/summer 2016
   Murmuration series in exhibition Ser based on serendipity curated and invited Marta De Menezes
VERBEKE FOUNDATION                                                                                                   Belgium, 2016
     Murmuration series in exhibition Ser based on serendipity curated and invited Marta De Menezes

Artist and director:

Ken Rinaldo

CREDITS/TECHNICAL

3D modeling: by Ken Rinaldo
Photography: Ken Rinaldo & Amy Youngs
Printing: Luis Azevedo at Centro Portoquese de Serigraphi Lisbon Portugal

SHOW REQUIREMENT and DIMENSIONS

This work can be displayed with frames individually or in groups.

KEYWORDS

3D modeling, database, future city, Giclee prints, digital imaging, texture mapping, portugal, lisbon

COLLECTIONS

The Antonio Prates Foundation
Centro Portoquese de Serigraphia
Cultivamos Cultura
Trademark Gunderson

PURCHASE

https://www.cps.pt/

krinaldo@hotmail.com