Matthew Gardiner is a pioneer of ‘Oribotics’, a field of art/science that explores the convergence of origami, folding and robotics. Gardiner’s works portray an altered future where folding forms are the fundamental fabric of life. His artistic process explores the concept of folding as code for matter, by creating works that exhibit material intelligence.
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Gardiner has worked on individual art projects and collaboratively with commercial and research organisations. His practice incorporates aesthetic and interactive experience design, manufacturing, rapid prototyping, expert-level origami and code. Gardiner is a researcher at Ars Electronica Futurelab in the field of functional aesthetics. Recent exhibitions include: ORI*LAB, Ars Electronica 2016; ORI* Coding for Matter, Kyoto; Project Genesis, Ars Electronica Linz; Surface to Structure, New York; and Artists As Catalysts, Bilbao. His current activities include doctoral work on folding and technology, and a major new project supported by the FWF’s Program for Arts-Based Research: ORI* On the Language and Aesthetics of Folding and Technology.