Lazr Ball, South French Concession

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OK so the title is maybe confusing and perhaps misleading because the ball itself was not made of lasers (that would be really hard and impractical to make), but the construct of the “field” certainly was questionable… I was bewildered by not only its simultaneously artificial yet realistic nature but also how seamlessly these children had adapted themselves to playing on a “non-physical” projection of a soccer field. Or maybe it’s just all they have ever played on before and have yet to experience the joys of the tangible.

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But then again, isn’t this field tangible? Just because we can’t grab or hold the light that outlines it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, right? It’s real enough to play on, and these kids seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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I guess I’m old school in a lot of ways, but I’m also often fascinated by the new… This somehow felt like a video game brought into the real world, and I think that’s certainly better than the other way around. I’m all about the intersection of digital and analog, tangible and intangible, but we must remember to retain that which cannot be replaced or simulated.

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