Matthew Gardiner

Matthew Gardiner is an artist most well known for his work with origami and robotics. He coined the term Oribot 折りボト and then created the field of art/science research called Oribotics. Oribotics is a field of research that thrives on the aesthetic, biomechanic, and morphological connections between nature, origami and robotics.

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Alhondiga Bilbao

Light is Time Folds are Space is currently showing as part of:

Artists As Catalysts
Curated by Ars Electronica

Alhóndiga Bilbao
Arriquibar, 4
48010 Bilbao, Bizkaia
Teléfono: 944 014 014

July 4-8 September 2013

Oribotics: Like a Second Nature, VW Berlin

Like a Second Nature features Oribotics by Matthew Gardiner

Doors are open every day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Automobil Forum
Unter den Linden
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
Unter den Linden 21
10117 Berlin

Curated by Ars Electronica

This exhibition features Ars Wild Card a system for photo commentary in exhibition and event settings.

Radio National Drive Interview

An interview with Matthew Gardiner on Australia's Radio National Drive Show with Julian Morrow. Matthew speaks frankly about growing up in rural Australia, and the origins and inspirational background of his artwork.

Oribotics to Digital_ia Festival in Scezin

MOCA Taipei

10 February - 8 April 2012
Curated by Antoanetta Ivanova
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei

Showing Oribotics [the future unfolds] and a new work titled 'nano-scale-fold'

Ars Electronica Futurelab

Matthew Gardiner started work in 2011 as an artistic researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, transforming his 2010 residency into a full time occupation. His role is in the Research and Innovation Group, led by Christopher Lindinger. Look out for some interesting works to come.

Cyber art holds a mirror to the modern world

BBC's David Reid visits Austria's Ars Electronica festival which showcases cyber art - creativity inspired by our hi-tech times. Featuring Matthew Gardiner talking about the interconnectivity of his Oribots.

Oribotics [the future unfolds] video

I've just released a video documenting and explaining my latest artwork at Ars Electronica 2010.

Oribotics [the future unfolds] from Matthew Gardiner on Vimeo.

Tokyo Design Touch

Matthew Gardiner will premiere Oribotics [the future unfolds] as part of an Ars Electronica Futurelab exhibit for Tokyo Design Touch in Tokyo Midtown, a bustling multipurpose venue in Roppongi Tokyo, Japan.

The exhibit runs from 28th October to 3rd November.
If you are in Tokyo, come on down!

Rupert Bunny Fellowship Recipient

The 2009 Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship has been awarded to local artist Matthew Gardiner.

Matthew Gardiner’s specialty is oribotics, the fusion of origami and technology to create origami that is controlled by robot technology (paper that will fold and unfold on command). The concept of the mechanics which transforms the paper is based on the human hand and uses a simple push/pull mechanism to actuate a five-petalled flower. The Award will allow Gardiner to participate in a collaborative Ars Electronica Futurelab residency in Austria that specialises in interaction design. He will use the Fellowship to develop new robotic production techniques to create a work that is intuitive and human centered.

As part of the award Gardiner will present one robotic artwork to the City of Port Phillip on completion of the project. He will also exhibit the work at Linden Gallery in November 2010 and will conduct public talks about his work at the Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, in December 2010. The work will be shown at the Recent Acquisitions exhibition in December 2011.