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Oribotics [Network]’ by Matthew Gardiner

Embracing Nature, Origami and Technology, Experimenta Make Sense exhibition artist Matthew Gardiner will lead an in-depth workshop that takes participants into the mind of the oriboticist. By each creating their own oribotic blossom from specialised paper templates, the participants will learn about the key concepts of Gardiner’s practice and discuss the strong relationship between nature and folding.

Presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, 6 April – 30 June 2019, Latrobe Regional Gallery (Morwell, VIC).

About the Speakers


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.

Matthew GardinerAustralia, Austria

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.