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Powder coated aluminium, synthetic paper,
steel, resin, rubber, various plastics,
ball magnets, custom electronics,
micro-linear actuators, RGB LEDs, mac mini,
compact computer: TS-7400, Debian, c, php,
Oribotics is the study of origami and robotics. It focuses on the aesthetic, mechanical and
reconfigurable possibilities of folded structures. Drawing inspiration from nature, this work
is a robotic origami flower with a synthetic folded membrane. Designed as a bionic organism
to be discovered in architectural spaces. It feeds on data and electricity, and in this
exhibition: science fiction.
Matthew Gardiner's recent works are a hybrid of origami and technology. Since 2005, Gardiner
has built a full scale Origami House from 1 square km of paper, directed Folding Australia
(2005 and 2007) - Australia's first international Origami Convention, toured Oribotics in
Belgium and Holland, completed an Australia Council residency in Tokyo where he developed a
new generation of light interactive folding robots for Oribotics [laboratory], starred as an
Origami presenter on ABC TV Sunday Arts for a 16 week season, installed over 7000 paper cranes
at Melbourne's Federation Square, travelled to Pasadena California to present a paper at the
4th Origami Science and Mathematics Conference, and premiered Oribotics [network] at the 2007
Melbourne International Arts Festival, and after ArtBots he's off to make new work as an
Artist in Residency in Germany.
Acknowledgements: Ray Gardiner as Technical Director, Joshua Gardiner as Technical Support,
My Trinh Gardiner as Graphic Designer, David Young and Rosemary Joy of Aphids for auspicing,
Joe Iacono of Design Sense for industrial design.
Sponsors / Funding Bodies:
Arts Victoria, Arts Innovation Fund http://www.arts.vic.gov.au
Design Sense http://www.designsense.com.au/
Magna Tokyo http://www.magna-tokyo.com/eng/index.html
Etheira Technologies http://www.etech.net.au
Oribotics photo by Yatzek.