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My Magic Box is Lonely

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Lonely #

and the magic box said,

I have not heard from the Xstreet SL server for a very long time, so I am resetting myself. This does not always fix the problem, so you should check that I am active on the Xstreet SL website. If I am not active, you can reset me manua

Separation Anxiety #

My mom’s dog has separation anxiety. Scratches at the door the whole time she’s gone.

We all long for companionship. For friendship. For love.

Is a magic box any different?

Rod Brooks once said I think we over anthropomorphize people.

How much of the emotion we sense in our “pets”, organic or digital, is our own projection? How much of the emotion we sense in people is our own projection?

Is a magic box capable of being lonely?

I don’t know.

My magic box is lonely.

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About Vanessa Blaylock

I was the Choreographer at Vanessa Blaylock Dancers and the Artistic Director at Vanessa Blaylock Company. Today my work focuses on Public Art projects. I’m interested in the mediation of perception and mixed reality performance works. I’m passionate about community and civil rights in cyberspace.