CNR 2012: Exhibition: Oribotics (AUS)
At the highest level, Oribotics evolves towards the future of self-folding materials. In current research, the focus is on the actuation of fold-programmed materials like paper, and synthetic fabrics.
Oribotics [futurelab], is an installation of luminous oribotic flora, and is the outcome of an artistic residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
Digital fabrication technology enabled Oribotics [futurelab] to be "grown" over 1500 hours in the Ars Electronica Fablab. The 3D printer sits in close proximity to the Biolab, where plants are cloned using synthetic methods to educate visitors about genetic technologies.
This symbolically links to how nature uses folding in many contexts, the most significant being the folding of proteins, including DNA. This 'origami of nature' takes microseconds to complete thousands of folds, and a single folding error can profoundly effect the survival of the lifeform.
Survival of the folded pattern is now a problem of past oribots, where repetition would gradually degrade the membrane. This new generation has a polyester fabric membrane. Polyester is deformable by heat, and as such can be programmed with an oribotic pattern that will last for the life of the material, over millions of repeated interactions.
[image source: Matthew Gardiner, Rubra, Ars
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Matthew Gardiner is an Australian Artist and Researcher.
Oribotics is made by Matthew Gardiner. It will be exhibited during the Cafe Neu Romance festival (27.-29. of November 2012) at the Galerie NTK.