Enter the Box
When watching the video Box (2013), it feels like watching a clip of a film studio’s 3-D graphics reel. In fact, Box is a live-performance piece created by the group Bot & Dolly that challenges the viewers perceptions of space and surface, by projecting images onto a moving box. Sounds simple enough, but the optical illusions that the performance creates questions logical space. An object goes from flat to three-dimensional within seconds, and then even within the structure, three-dimensional shapes begin to form.
The technology used behind this performance is called projection-mapping, where the projector follows the object perfectly, making it seem like a living thing, rather than a sedentary shape. Aside from projection mapping and a bit of human help, the whole project is controlled by robotics and engineering software, coming together to challenge the limits of artistic and technical expression.
If you haven’t already watched the video take a look! Feel yourself get hypnotized by the visual display on your screen. Imagine the endless possibilities of self-expression that can come from this type of technology.