Artist Lab Matthew Gardiner

Our research begins with the premise: folding is coding for matter, an idea emerging from computer and molecular science, pointing to the idea that materials perform computation and ORI*, is a functional aesthetic way to sense, program and transform the code of matter.

Kyoto 2016 Workshop

ORI* research extends in many directions and fields of research, humans have studied nature and discovered folds at all scales of life. We examine those folds, with a view to understand how they might help us code matter to develop new ORI* concepts that are programmable, transformable, and sense-able.

The Folded Geometry of the Universe

The inspiration for The Folded Geometry of the Universe came from examining the scale of folds in nature as criteria to understand folds. We theorise that folds exist at all scales of nature, from the nanoscale of folds in strings of DNA, pleats in paper at the origami scale, craggy mountains and valleys folds formed by the awesome crushing power of tectonic plates, and much much larger it is theorised, that the shape of the universe is folded, that gravity and dark matter fold the shape and fabric of the universe.

ORI*fox

To intersect with the curatorial framework, the Artist Lab Matthew Gardiner presentation at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2016, we selected fashion made from new technologies as to frame the inquiry. The results were two objects: ORI*fox and ORI*vertex.

Fold Mapping

We present a design method that prioritises in-context design for origami surfaces with periodic tessellations in a parametric CAD workflow using Grasshopper 3D.

Publications

An overview of main research areas broken down into topical areas of interest: Oribotics, Fold Mapping, Fold Printing, and Soft Robotics. A complete list of publication is also available on this page.

Fold Printing

Computational Origami invents a new kind of complexity: the highly irregular crease pattern, posing a significant challenge to foldability. We design a method for digital fabrication of multi-material composites to overcome issues of foldability and durability faced when producing functional prototypes with paper.

ORI*lab Masterclass

We offer insight into our research and development process, and actively pursue it with the method of learning by teaching, by conducting a masterclass in-situ with participants selected by open call.

Fold Printing

Computational Origami invents a new kind of complexity: the highly irregular crease pattern, posing a significant challenge to foldability. We design a method for digital fabrication of multi-material composites to overcome issues of foldability and durability faced when producing functional prototypes with paper.

Fold Printing

Computational Origami invents a new kind of complexity: the highly irregular crease pattern, posing a significant challenge to foldability. We design a method for digital fabrication of multi-material composites to overcome issues of foldability and durability faced when producing functional prototypes with paper.

Ars Electronica Home Delivery 2020

Matthew Gardiner presents a summary of past and upcoming work in Oribotics: the art of Robotics and Origami for Ars Electronica Home Delivery. Recorded live between Studio in Australia and Ars Electronica in Austria.

ORI*sense

ORI*Sense is a design for a mobile shape display that not only carries information with its transformation, but also introduces new interactions with digital devices through flexible features - by exposing haptic interface elements such as buttons, potis and sliders on top of both flat and curved surfaces, depending on the stage of the application.

Research for ORI*


Funded through the FWF Austrian Science Fund, PEEK Program, Program Management: Dr. Eugen Banauch.
Gefördert durch den FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds, Programmlinie PEEK, Programm-Management: Dr. Eugen Banauch.