Man and machine create stunning visuals together!

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Box project
Transported to outer space?! Nope, that’s just the projection mapping!

Okay, so maybe robots aren’t picking up paintbrushes, but they are creating some wonderful masterpieces! Instead, they use a funky process called “projection mapping,” where ordinary objects become surfaces for moving images. What? Bear with me.

Like a TV, a person becomes a canvas for computer images beamed right on their face! These visuals may be ten-story buildings, or lifelike cats chasing mice down your cheek. This wacky technique is used by many artists and advertising companies to add an extra dimension or optical illusion to their work.

Now, throw some robots into the mix, and you get a uniquely dazzling demonstration of projection mapping’s reality-bending possibilities.

Think that sounds impossible? Not a chance! Just check out the incredible visual effects created by Bot & Dolly, a San Francisco engineering company. In their video project called Boxa silent performing artist uses robotic arms and flat white screens to create a stunning ripple effect that looks out of this world! What’s the reason behind the robots anyways?

Well, creative director Tarik Abdel-Gawad explains that the company wanted to break artistic boundaries. “Through large-scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering, audiences will witness the [optical illusion] effect pushed to new boundaries,” he said. “We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform visual art forms and define new genres of expression.”

Wow! If you don’t believe us, then check it out for yourself.

Images and video courtesy of The Creators Project and Bot & Dolly.