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I was eight years old when I went to the Children’s Museum in Los Angeles the first time. While there, I went into a room that had a weird trail-following back-lit wall. The wall was green and had a trace of my body on it, a trace that followed me in hot pink, like a shadow on mescaline, around the room. I was thinking of that experience when I saw this installation of an OLED-powered device. I can imagine that the piece would be absolutely fabulous as a palette for a choreographer or otherwise visually-oriented stage director, but honestly I don’t see the big deal about this particular piece as an objet d’art. It’s a series of sensor-activated lights that follows you around and, as such, is a newer version seemingly of the whole shadow-wall idea. So the folks at rAndom International, in conjunction with technology powerhouse Philips, and frankly I’m a little frightened.