Shepparton Art Gallery & Eastbank
“Was that thing from Predator?” Two Shepparton teenagers ambling away from Matthew Gardiner’s new show Radiobots would mistake the works central interactive console, with a series of sequential insignias, as based on the explosive device on the arm of the 1980s action film’s alien. Of the weird connections one can make while operating Radiobots, it may not be so incongruous to assume of the an otherworldly origin.” – Christian McCrea, Realtime
Matthew Gardiner is renowned for his work that fuses art with technology, working across such areas as robotics, origami, computer programming, interactivity technology and projection. In collaboration with composer David Young, Matthew developed a network of multiple Radiobots, small mechanical robotic hammers that can tap rhythms into buildings and other structures.
The Radiobots respond to rhythms played on a control panel-instrument, allowing musicians/percussionists to perform on the control-panel-instrument. Over a series of workshops and an exhibition at Shepperton Art Museum Matthew worked to reveal and expose the back-end process of constructing the Radiobot instruments. The exhibition offered a magnified viewpoint of the artistic, technical, musical and electronic assemblage process, and was an opportunity to meet the artists and observe the actual construction of the Radiobots instruments.
Artist – Matthew Gardiner
Technical – Designer Ray Gardiner
Composer – David Young
Percussionist – Eugene Ughetti
Community Facilitator – Patricia Sargant
Videography – Miles Bennett
Executive Producer – Thea Baumann