What is Roborigami?
Make it simple, make it fun, make it easy and enjoy the life, and let’s be nice to each other.
Roborigami is my passion project as a conceptual artist, a physical representation of my ongoing research into combining art, psychology, Zen philosophy, science, technology and play to inspire community interaction, focusing on the experience of the audience rather than the artist.
This is an antidote to my three years of study in conceptual fine art practice at Central Saint Martins where many of peers and predecessors seem to be focused on exclusivity; complicated concepts, written statements and exhibitions in a pristine white-walled gallery, making art detached from the general public.
I am passionate about bridging between academic concepts and everyday life. Throughout my fine art practice, I’ve been consciously choosing to use imagery that strikes a harmonious and meditative visual chord, avoiding dark or shocking imagery.
Art and communication is not about scaring people.
It’s about sharing a beautiful message or highlighting a crisis, and presenting facts in a sophisticated ways to inspire positive change.
Roborigami started in 2010 as a fun collaborative project between myself, robotics engineer Dr. Ad Spiers and interaction designer Dr. Peter Bennett as an escape from our professional commitments. We have been since working together transforming public spaces into a playful Zen garden. Our goal is simply making the world a fun place for all. If you like what we do and want to get involved, we would love to hear from you. (We love animals -cats, festival, music, games and toys, food, dancing and making stuff with hands!).
Zen inspired interactive origami x light sculpture by Coco and Creative Technologist Louis d’Aboville #FadeCandy #Processing #Paper #LEDs
Breath controlled resonant #origami prototype by Pete and Coco #ResonantBits #Paper & #xOSC
The Team and Contributors
Coco is an award-winning artist, author and performer whose practice reinvents origami in uniquely modern ways. Born in Japan, educated in London in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, she shares her art and skills via social media and video tutorials, performs at events and contributes to creative campaigns. Her book, Creative Origami & Beyond features ‘Electro Origami’ an accessible and fun gateway into combining art, craft and electronics to women and young girls. As a child, she wanted to become an astronaut to explore the farthest places she imagined. She has since grown up a bit and now hopes to realise her childhood dream by collaborating with NASA and sending her art into space. cocosato.co.uk
Pete is an interaction designer and researcher in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol. His research is driven by the aim of joining the virtual world of ‘digital bits’ with the real world of objects, and in doing so allowing people to interact with computers physically through these Tangible User Interfaces. His PhD was on the design of novel electronic musical instruments, resulting in the BeatBearing drum machine. Pete is a keen musician and his other background is in musical instrument design, art and cybernetics. Pete has been collaborating with Coco and Ad since 2010 and recently developed Resogami’s original concept ‘Resonant Bits’. For more info, visit peteinfo.com
Louis is a creative technologist and has a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. He has co-developed and co-delivered Roborigami workshops with Coco. Louis has an endless energy and is always on the go, and gets easily excited about creative collaborations. He enjoys applying his knowledge in developing interactive projection installations and real-time software for artists and musicians. He teaches on the Digital Media Arts MA at University of Brighton and is also experienced in working with young people with special needs. To catch up with what Louis is upto, go to Twitter and Vimeo
Ad is a robotics engineer and developed the original Roborigami, RoboFox with Coco and Pete between 2010 and 2014. Currently a postdoctoral lab associate at Yale University and lives in the US, Ad continues to contribute to recent projects as an ad-hoc engineering consultant from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. He investigates technology that communicates via the sense of touch (haptics) and human movement, and its application to future surgical practice. Ad has been obsessed with all things robotic since seeing the movie Short Circuit as a child. He has also created hand held robotic flowers that guide blind and sighted people through dark installations and drawing robots that add their own style to an artist’s instructions. Ad is also a Burning Man DJ and a keen volunteer for a local stray cats’ shelter. hauntedpliers.co.uk
Commission, Booking and Press Enquiry
We offer talks, interactive events installation and engaging workshops for children and young adults. For all enquiries, please contact Coco Sato including ‘Roborigami’ in the subject line.
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