The World Federation of Sphere Detection Sports WFSDS (2020)


Simulation, live stream, and highlight video 
Exhibited at: Ars Electronica .ART Gallery 9.9.20-9.23.20 / DDDD Gallery 7.7.20-8.8.20
Project by: Jenny Rodenhouse with Keda Jiang & Soo Jin Lee
Featuring broadcast by: Prisma, “The Belt 24/7”, Helsinki Finland
Circle Detection by: OpenCV
Best Sphere Sport Commentary Compilation by: Soon Jin Lee & Jenny Rodenhouse, featuring music from “Jock Jams Volume 1”


WFSDS shifts our focus from plastic balls to edible spheres using circle recognition technology to generate a virtual sport. Watch this season when WFSDS launches over a grocery store “Belt Cam” in Helsinki, triggering players to perform sphere identification behaviors: kick, catch, swing, hit.

Public displays of contest, survival, and stamina have been relocated, from arenas to grocery stores. Combining these past and present sites of global competition, The World Federation of Sphere Detection Sports shifts our focus from plastic balls to edible spheres using circle recognition technology to generate a virtual sport.

Combining all sphere sports to make one bigger and better sport ;) WFSDS triggers digital players to perform prescribed sphere identification behaviors: kick, catch, swing, hit, and chase over scenes of passing produce, paper products, and alcohol. Watch this season and cheer for your favorite purchase when WFSDS launches its live stream over Prisma’s 24/7 grocery store “Belt Cam” in Helsinki. Who is playing who? Who purchased the melon? Who is winning? No one knows.




WFSDS Highlights



Thank you to: Anthony Espino, Sizhe Huang, Keda Jiang, Nanyi Jiang, Soo Jin Lee, Ziru Ling, Siladityaa Sharma, Jingyi Wang

Support from: Live-ish, DDDD, Media Design Practices ArtCenter College of Design, & Snap Inc, Research.




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