Airstrip, Aphids and Federation Square in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival


Oribotics [network] was a unique art and technology installation in the Atrium at Federation Square, drawing on cutting edge research in biology, computing, and scientific origami. Audiences discovered living biomimetic works attached to the glass panes of the Atrium’s Fracture Galleries.

Oribotics [network] involved robots rooted to the architecture, surviving on solar power, with their faceted folded mechanical blossoms attracting data, moving in response to the physical audience and stimuli from online users at In Oribotics [network] each robot was individually connected to the vastness of the internet, and to local mobile phone, Bluetooth and wifi networks, enabling interaction via mobile devices and the web.

Oribotics [network] continues multimedia artist Matthew Gardiner’s research into the hybrid art/science field that fuses the ancient art of origami with robotic technology – the results of four years’ development of intricately folded designs integrated with robotic mechanisms.


Artistic Concept and Oribotics – Matthew Gardiner
Electronic Design and Software – Ray Gardiner
Design Consultants – Design Sense – Matthew & My Trinh Gardiner
Graphic Design – My Trinh Gardiner
Web Digest Programming – Andrew Baxter
Hardware Support – Josh Gardiner

Supported by Arts Victoria, Etheira Technologies, Design Sense and Electroblossom. Produced during APHIDS company-in-residence at Federation Square.

Melbourne International Arts Festival
Federation Square – Fracture Gallery
Atrium, Flinders Street, Melbourne
8 Oct – Fri 9 Nov, 24hr

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.