Matthew Gardiner has created an aura of innovation around his practice simply by following his passion for origami, code, and interactive new media. Graduating in 1997 with a BFA Photography from Victorian College of the Arts, Matthew worked with Drome Pty Ltd, and trained in new media under the mentorship of Peter Hennessey and Patricia Piccinini where he developed a solid grounding in new media and strengthened his love for the arts.
Matthew Gardiner's recent artworks are a hybrid of origami and technology. Since 2005, Gardiner has built a full scale Origami House from 1 square km of paper, directed Folding Australia (2005 and 2007): Australia's first international Origami Convention, toured Oribotics in Belgium and Holland, completed an Australia Council residency in Tokyo where he developed a new generation of light interactive folding robots for Oribotics [laboratory], starred as an Origami presenter on ABC Sunday Arts for a 16 week season, installed over 7000 paper cranes at Melbourne's Federation Square, travelled to Pasadena California to present a paper at the 4th Origami Science and Mathematics Conference, and premiered Oribotics [network] at the 2007 Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2008 Matthew undertook a 3 month artists residency in Germany.
Matthew Gardiner collaborates with designers, composers, musicians, technicians, and the industrial sector during the creative process. Exhibitions of his work have been shown in Australia, Europe, and Asia. Matthew started Airstrip in 1998 to provide a commercial take off point for all of his artistic activities. Airstrip consults in solutions for web, new media, and origami.
My Trinh Gardiner
My Trinh Gardiner (born: My Trinh Ha) joined Airstrip in 2003 after graduating at the FH Duesseldorf, University of Visual Communication and Design in Germany, Duesseldorf. While doing an exchange semester in Multimedia Design in 2002 at Swinburne University in Australia, Melbourne she met Matthew Gardiner.
Growing up in Germany it was a big decision for her to move to Australia, leaving back her family and friends but she is always looking cheerful into the future.
Since joining Airstrip she is expanding Airstrip's services with her rich industry experience in design made overseas and in Australia. Her experience reaches from working in design and multi media studios to lecturing at the University and Tafe sharing her knowledge. Her unique cultural background, and refined education allows My Trinh to continually provide Airstrip's clients with the highest quality design work.
My Trinh loves the electronic culture. Electronic art, music and design inspires her and of course travelling and learning about different cultures and people. Also she loves to paint and sew felt robots in her free time. http://www.electroblossom.com.