When we were younger, we all went through a phase where we get really into ping pong. You can’t deny it happened to you, because it happens to all of us. If you’re not yet old enough to have experienced this, you’re now aware what your future holds. That phase normally dies out quickly — usually right after you purchase your own ping pong table because that’s how into the game you got. Sadly, the table just sits there, fulfilling its final destiny of being used as a regular table. Now, if that table were Pingtime, an augmented reality ping pong table that can track both the ball and paddles and create cool, trippy light shows of the movement in real-time, then maybe you would’ve kept practicing your trick serve.Basically, Pingtime is the cosmic bowling of ping pong.Created for the 2013 Rokolectiv Festival, the team of Sergiu Doroftei, Silviu Badea, Ion Cotenescu, and Bogdan Susma, used programming language VVVV — not to be confused with the Terry Cavanagh game — in order to bring Pingtime to life. The table also belongs to the Creator’s Project, a joint program between Intel and VICE that spawns a plethora of projects that attempt to combine technology with art.Everything is equipped with sensors, and the table then projects different colors and patterns of light as the paddles swing over the table, and as the ball flies over — as well as hits — the surface. You basically have to be able to see in the dark (although the ball appears to be lit up faintly) in order to get a truly trippy effect, but hey, we’re all just having a casual, fun game of augmented reality ping pong to begin with, right?
Film: “Rosado Furia”This disorienting film follows the story of a troubled young Asian woman. Filmed in Singapore and performed in English, Costa Rican director Nicolás Pacheco’s “Rosado” wowed audiences at the Costa Rican International Film Festival, winning this year’s award for Best Film.“Rosado Furia” screens Dec. 5-8 at Cine Magaly, Barrio California. Fri., 3 & 8:40 p.m.; Sat., 3:45 & 7:45 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 p.m.; Mon., 5:10 p.m. Theater: “A Christmas Carol”“Un Cuento de Navidad” receives its annual production at Teatro Espressivo, thanks to a stage adaptation by Paul Stebbings.“Un Cuento de Navidad” continues through Dec. 21 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m. ₡7,000-10,000 ($14-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website. Courtesy David Boddiger & The TheoryMusic: Emma Brott, Matthew Seth Bertucci, David Boddiger & The TheoryIf you love independent singer-songwriters, get ready for a full lineup at Hoxton.Concert takes place Dec. 11 at Hoxton, Los Yoses. 9 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: Event Facebook page.Theater: “The Abominable Snowman”What do Santa Claus, a magic clock, a monstrous Yeti, and a “Labyrinth of Solitude” have in common? They are all part of “El Ogro de las Nieves,” a whimsical family comedy at Teatro Triciclo.Dec. 7 & 14 at Teatro Triciclo, Avenida Escazú. Sundays, 11 a.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: Teatro Triciclo website.Theater: “Three”Little Theater Group presents its English-language premiere of the Juan Carlos Rubio comedy at Triciclo Theater.“Three” continues through Dec. 11 at Triciclo Theater Company, Avenida Escazú. Thursdays, 8 p.m. ₡7,000 ($14). Info: Little Theatre Group Facebook page.Art: “A Chronicle of Interventions”Learn about U.S. incursions in Central America, thanks to this provocative group show co-produced with London’s revered Tate Gallery.“Una Crónica de Intervenciones” displays at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Art: 75 Years of PhotosBrowse decades of photojournalism at this striking exhibit, thanks to Spain’s Agencia EFE – the fourth-largest wire service in the world.“EFE: 75 Años de Fotos” continues through Dec. 7 at the National Museum, San José. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: Museum website. Facebook Comments