Box - Bot & Dolly

Box

I just saw this on The Creators Project YouTube channel. It’s a project by Bot & Dolly titled Box.

“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.

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Two, or possibly 3 if the camera is mounted on one, industrial style robot arms that wouldn’t look out of place in a car manufacturing plant moving two screens around while perhaps few cameras in the room track their location and align a couple of projectors perfectly to display images on them.

Bot & Dolly - Box

While I love watching it at the same time I’m just trying to figure out how it’s working and imagining the hours they must have spent making sure they had everything lined up properly. Projection mapping is just so cool. Amon Tobin’s most recent tour, the Isam tour, featured it as the centre piece of his stage setup. I was lucky enough to see this in it’s full glory at the Roundhouse in London.

You can create some really immersive and intense live experiences now with techniques such as this and I can’t wait to start seeing this used more widely in stage performances of all kinds. It really will start to allow some really new and exciting experiences between performers and audience.

Now just to get some Robot arms and projectors for my house!

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