Matthew Gardiner is an artist most well known for his work with origami and robotics. He coined the term Oribot 折りボト in 2004, and since works in the field of art/science research called Oribotics: a field of research that thrives on the aesthetic, biomechanic, and morphological connections between nature, origami and robotics.


On Oribotics

Oribotics is a field of study concerned with origami and robotics, and more broadly with folding and technology. Watch video interviews/documentaries featuring Matthew Gardiner on the topic of his Oribotics.
On Oribotics

On Oribotics

Oribotics is a field of study concerned with origami and robotics, and more broadly with folding and technology. Watch video interviews/documentaries featuring Matthew Gardiner on the topic of his Oribotics.

Synthetic Memetic

Rick Rolling combined with the present-day terror of police DNA tagging technologies form the basis of this social commentary on Synthetic Biology, genetics, memetics, and the mechanisms of control.
Synthetic Memetic

Synthetic Memetic

Rick Rolling combined with the present-day terror of police DNA tagging technologies form the basis of this social commentary on Synthetic Biology, genetics, memetics, and the mechanisms of control.

Light is Time Folds are Space

Light is Time Folds are Space is a large scale installation of hundreds of folded forms with an algorithmic variance and lit with a lighting sequence intended to simulate the passage of the sun over the course of day.
Light is Time Folds are Space

Light is Time Folds are Space

Light is Time Folds are Space is a large scale installation of hundreds of folded forms with an algorithmic variance and lit with a lighting sequence intended to simulate the passage of the sun over the course of day.

Oribotics A brief history

Learn about the origins and history of Oribotics, dating from 2004, including a list of exhibitions and world premiers of Oribotics.
Oribotics A brief history

Oribotics A brief history

Learn about the origins and history of Oribotics, dating from 2004, including a list of exhibitions and world premiers of Oribotics.

Oribotics [Tokyo Design Touch]

Oribotics at Tokyo Design Touch was the Japanese premiere of oribotics. Shortly after arriving the title shifted from oribotic オリボチク to oribo オリボ or even better to include the kanji for fold 折りボ(like aibo or asimo) a very cute name with a rounder sound.
Oribotics [Tokyo Design Touch]

Oribotics [Tokyo Design Touch]

Oribotics at Tokyo Design Touch was the Japanese premiere of oribotics. Shortly after arriving the title shifted from oribotic オリボチク to oribo オリボ or even better to include the kanji for fold 折りボ(like aibo or asimo) a very cute name with a rounder sound.

Oribotics [futurelab]

Oribotics [futurelab] is Matthew Gardiner's current artist project as the direct result of an artistic residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2010. Oribotics [futurelab] will premiere at the 2010 Ars Electronica Festival.
Oribotics [futurelab]

Oribotics [futurelab]

Oribotics [futurelab] is Matthew Gardiner's current artist project as the direct result of an artistic residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2010. Oribotics [futurelab] will premiere at the 2010 Ars Electronica Festival.

Oribotics [.de]

Oribotics [.de] 2008 Exhibited at the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen May 2009 for the 20 year Jubillee.
Oribotics [.de]

Oribotics [.de]

Oribotics [.de] 2008 Exhibited at the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen May 2009 for the 20 year Jubillee.

Oribotics [Network]

Oribotics [network] was a unique art and technology installation in the Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, drawing on cutting edge research in biology, computing, and scientific origami. Visitors discoverer living biomimetic works attached to the glass panes of the Atrium’s Fracture Galleries.
Oribotics [Network]

Oribotics [Network]

Oribotics [network] was a unique art and technology installation in the Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, drawing on cutting edge research in biology, computing, and scientific origami. Visitors discoverer living biomimetic works attached to the glass panes of the Atrium’s Fracture Galleries.

Oribotics [Laboratory]

Oribotics [laboratory] was a collaboration between Matthew Gardiner and Aphids, especially Artistic Director David Young as Composer, and was shown over two nights at the Asialink centre at Melbourne University in 2005.
Oribotics [Laboratory]

Oribotics [Laboratory]

Oribotics [laboratory] was a collaboration between Matthew Gardiner and Aphids, especially Artistic Director David Young as Composer, and was shown over two nights at the Asialink centre at Melbourne University in 2005.

Oribotics [origin]

Oribotics [origin] premiered at the Next Wave Festival in 2005. It was the first exhibition by Matthew Gardiner of his new field of research: Oribotics.
Oribotics [origin]

Oribotics [origin]

Oribotics [origin] premiered at the Next Wave Festival in 2005. It was the first exhibition by Matthew Gardiner of his new field of research: Oribotics.

Radiobots

RadioBots is an artwork by Matthew Gardiner, in collaboration with Etheira Technologies, Aphids and Speak Percussion "meticulously constructed objects... the sonic force reverberates around the rooms and halls to sybiotic effect - what seems like an infestation of the alien quickly becomes a polyvocal chorus of the environment... an agent of purest bedlam."RealTime]
Radiobots

Radiobots

RadioBots is an artwork by Matthew Gardiner, in collaboration with Etheira Technologies, Aphids and Speak Percussion "meticulously constructed objects... the sonic force reverberates around the rooms and halls to sybiotic effect - what seems like an infestation of the alien quickly becomes a polyvocal chorus of the environment... an agent of purest bedlam."RealTime]

Giant Origami

Collaborations with Matthew Gardiner, the Melbourne Origami Group, architects, choreographers and designers on many large scale origami projects. By far the largest was Origami House, a full size house folded from paper.
Giant Origami

Giant Origami

Collaborations with Matthew Gardiner, the Melbourne Origami Group, architects, choreographers and designers on many large scale origami projects. By far the largest was Origami House, a full size house folded from paper.

ZigZag

Trouble on Planet Earth, by The Border Project won the Ruby Award for Innovation and Best Show at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe.
ZigZag

ZigZag

Trouble on Planet Earth, by The Border Project won the Ruby Award for Innovation and Best Show at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe.

Residencies

Matthew Gardiner has had the good fortune to have been selected for a number of artistic residencies, and they are the most rewarding, productive and creative times, period.
Residencies

Residencies

Matthew Gardiner has had the good fortune to have been selected for a number of artistic residencies, and they are the most rewarding, productive and creative times, period.

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew Gardiner, Australian Artist and Researcher

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.

Matthew Gardiner is currently an artist and senior lead researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, in Linz Austria. As an artist Gardiner is known for his works concerned with origami and robotics: Oribotics. The work arises from the consideration of folded forms, their kinetic properties and electromechanical methods of actuation, sensing, interactions and luminous display. In 2003 Gardiner coined the terms Oribot and Oribotics, to define the emergent field of folding, robotics and technology, and has produced the following works with premieres: Oribotics 2004 at Next Wave Festival, Oribotics [laboratory] 2005 at Asialink Center, Oribotics [network] 2007 at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Oribotics [de] 2008 at Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Oribotics [house of dreaming] 2009 for Arena Theatre Company, Oribotics [the future unfolds] 2010 for Ars Electronica Festival and Tokyo Design Touch.

Gardiner's other works include Origami House 2003: one square kilometer of paper folded into a full size house with the Melbourne Origami Group, 1001 Cranes: 7000 paper cranes installed in the shape of a three story high Gingko bonsai, and Radiobots a radio based percussive instrument for performance on architecture. From 2005-2006 he starred as a television presenter on ABC Sunday Arts teaching the art of origami. He is author of Everything Origami, publisher and editor of Folding Australia 2005, and Folding Australia 2007.

Gardiner curated a major exhibition Project Genesis on the topic of Synthetic Biology for the Ars Electronica Centre. He was awarded a three year PEEK grant from the Austrian Science Fund FWF for his research into the topic of ORI* on the aesthetics and language of folding and technology. Gardiner is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Gardiner has been the recipient of grants, awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, The City of Port Phillip Rupert Bunny Fellowship, Arts Victoria (Arts Innovation Board), Australian Network for Art and Technology, Victorian College of the arts. He has been a resident artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Australia Council Studio in Takadanobaba Tokyo, PICA, Federation Square, Origami House Tokyo, and the Digital Artist@Latrobe Regional Gallery.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Fine Art Photography, and mentored by artists Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey at Drome in Melbourne. Gardiner began folding paper at the age of eight, and around the same time he was given an Apple IIe by his father to learn how to code.