Exploring Digital Space: Projection Mapping + Robotics

Posted on by Lauren Moss

With the growth of digital projection mapping technologies, architecture has taken on a new role in recent years, as a 'living' canvas or backdrop for some of the most innovative, inspired and unexpected art installations that challenge our perceptions of reality and invite new types of spatial experiences and engagement.

While we've looked at various architectural mapping installations in previous posts, the project below, 'Box', takes the concept to another level, with mesmerizing results.

'Box'  by Bot & Dolly

'Box' by Bot & Dolly


The live performance film from Bot & Dolly- the SF-based engineering studio that helped create the sense of weightlessness in last year's film Gravity- demonstrates the potential to generate 3D illusions on moving objects, using large-scale robotics and human choreography.

"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.'  -Bot & Dolly


As depicted in this video, advancements in digital technology are expanding the realm of what is possible, creating opportunities for further innovation and integration with other artistic forms of expression and experimentation.

This confluence of spatial experience, media, and human ingenuity makes projection mapping a truly unique and relevant creative process that enables new ways of seeing and creating space, light, and form, providing endless inspiration for architects, designers, and creatives.


Bot & Dolly is a design and engineering studio that specializes in automation, robotics, and filmmaking; learn more about their work, process and view additional projects at their website.