ArtBoat is a tool for communities to make collaborative light paintings in public spaces and reimagine the future of their cities.

ArtBoat consists of a remote control boat with light strips that change color in response to a custom light design board. During ArtBoat events, community members can drive remote controlled boats, control the color of lights on the boats, or take long exposure photographs to make collaborative light graffiti that explores how art can help communities connect and claim public spaces.

In 2018, we held ArtBoat community events at Magazine Beach in Cambridge, MA, and at Herter Park in Allston, MA. Thanks to our community collaborators Magazine Beach Partners and Revels RiverSing for hosting us! Reach out to us if your interested in hosting an event in your community and join our mailing list to hear about future events.

ArtBoat is a sister project of SeeBoat. It is an open source project licensed under GPLv2 and Creative Commons. Code and design files can be found on github. All pictures are copyright by the artists.

Jorge Valdez

Garance Malivel

Aaron Beal

Jorge Valdez


ArtBoat is a project from Laura Perovich at the MIT Media Lab.

Thanks to Cathie Zusy at Magazine Beach and Paddy Swanson at Herter Park for hosting us.

Special thanks to our photographers: Jorge Valdez (IG: jorgelvma), Ron Hoffmann (IG:, Neil Gaikwad (IG: Neil Gaikwad Photography), Aaron Beal, Garance Malivel, Jim Congo, and Jimmy Day.

Thanks to everyone who helped at our community events: Maggie Zhang, Gustavo Santiago-Reyes, Jacqueline Chen, Dan Novy, Chia Evers, Pip Mothersill, Aleks Zosuls, Pedro Colon-Hernandez, Aubrey Simonson, Xavier Mojica, Catherine Hammond, Laura Smith, John Rao, and Nina Lutz. Thanks also to V. Michael Bove and the Object-Based Media Group, the Boston University Technology and Cyberlaw Clinic, the Media Lab Elements Fellowship, and our community participants. We look forward to more events in the coming months!

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