This artist is using shape memory polymers with laser cut patterns. This research is called active patterns which looks into using shape memory polymers as active facade materials. The temperature at which the material moved is determined by altering the ratio of its chemical makeup. The overall “behavior” is thus programmed through the geometry of the pattern cut/scored into the polymer. These polymers are made as a part of project BlackBox Smart Geometry (1).
Surface Test 1 of Shape Memory Polymer: http://vimeo.com/27825310
Surface Test 2 of Shape Memory Polymer: http://vimeo.com/27921902