Oribotic InstrumentsWhat does it take to create self-aware robotic instruments out of a piece of paper? A workshop was only the start of a new type of avant-garde robotic origami music performances.
(reposted from https://ars.electronica.art/futurelab/en/projects-oribotic-instruments/)
His flexible robotic origami objects are definitive in the context of contemporary electro-mechanical art and combine the traditional and natural structure of origami with cutting-edge technology: To build sensitive robots, Matthew Gardiner, key researcher and artist in the Ars Electronica Futurelab, uses nothing less than the complex structure of folded paper. With his Oribots, he points to new developments in technology, – tiny biomedical devices like an Origami stent by Kaori Kuribayashi or the enormous James Webb Space Telescope.
But Oribots also make us understand the world around us better. The functional aesthetics of these gently moving objects respond to physical movement and relate to robots, but also to nature. The artistic research develops new approaches for design, soft robotics, fold printing and architecture – and most recently for the world of music:
Oribotic Instruments of course also take advantage of the unique functionalities of the folded origami geometry to pass on their tremendous stability and high flexibility to their oribotic components. Experiments with materials, paper foldings, form and function, and different options of sound design evoked enthusiasm among some DIY-workshop participants, held by Oribotic assistant researcher Anna Oelsch and Arno Deutschbauer. The results, magnificent self-aware Oribotic Instruments, were presented in a unique performance as part of the Night Performances celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Deep Space 8K.
Ars Electronica Futurelab: Arno Deutschbauer, Matthew Gardiner, Anna Oelsch
Funded through the FWF Austrian Science Fund, PEEK Program.
Studio Matthew Gardiner https://orilab.art
What does it take to create self-aware robotic instruments out of a piece of paper? A workshop was only the start of a new type of avant-garde robotic origami music performances.