In the realm of robotics used to enable live stage performances and immersive light installations, what is possible now was unimaginable a decade ago. Innovations from the Bay Area’s own Bot and Dolly have found new creative homes, and those creators have been making their own contributions. An outstanding example of robotics as art is seen here in work from NOHlab. This was the Main Foyer attraction for the 2015 Innovation Week in Istanbul.

Commisioned by Turkey Innovation Week 3-4-5 December 2015

Production: DDF İstanbul
Art Direction & Visuals by NOHlab
Robotic Programming by Efe Gözen ( Fabb )
Robotic Choreography design by NOHlab & Efe Gözen
Sound Design by Audiofil
Partnership with DDF İstanbul & TİM & Kuka Robotics
Thanks to Gizem Renklidağ, Fehmican Gözüm, Berkhan Ay”

As a part of UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) advanced design studio course “Architectural Intelligence: Exploring Space as an Interactive Medium”, researchers Refik Anadol, Raman Mustafa, Julietta Gil and Farzad Mirshafiei created The Aether Project, an immersive interactive environment that seamlessly combines robotic actuation, formal transformation and real time projection mapping controlled by a sensory input device. The course - led by Guvenc Ozel, Technology Director of the new IDEAS platform of UCLA A.UD, in collaboration with Casey Reas, Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts - explored potential scenarios of architecture as a responsive, robotically actuated technology, enabling spatial iterations triggered by sense-based devices.


University of California, Los Angeles
Architecture + Urban Design

Raman K. Mustafa
Refik Anadol
Julieta Gil
Farzad Mirshafiei

Güvenç Ozel
Casey Reas

“Back Here Alone”by Integral

Curime Batliner

Curime Batliner (b. 1983, Costa Rica) works at the convergence of architecture, 3D animation, interface design and robotics. His work stands out at the top level of the emerging discipline of creative robotics and embodies the shifting relationships between the human and the artificial in the design process. Batliner holds an M.Arch from SCI-Arc. His work has been exhibited at Design Miami and he has worked with clients such as Creative Artists Agency (CAA), ETV and Apple. Other projects include Greg Lynn's RV prototype and the Marxer Active Energy Building in Vaduz. His design research is published at the ICRA IEEE International Conference for Robotics and Automation as well as Robots in Architecture.

At Mexico City’s third annual Mextropoli Festival, SCI-Arc Faculty members Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum were the minds behind “Spheres of Influence,” a temporary installation sponsored by SCI-Arc and supported by Staubli, installed in the patio of Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Centrally located in Mexico’s capital city, the four-day festival brought architects, designers, urbanists, sociologists, artists and citizens together to interpret public space through art, design, and dialogue. 

Part installation and part live performance, "Spheres of Influence" uses a robotic system from Staubli to paint layers of graphics abstracted from the city in a series of human-scale spheres. The placement of the spheres along the plateaus of the museum’s patio defined the flow of festival goers between the park--the public space--and the adjacent museum--a semi-private space, “This change in the flow of people, and how they moved through that space, was an analogy of public space in itself,” Batliner says.