“Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.

I suppose what makes me most glad is that we all recognize each other in this metaphysical space of silence and happening, and get some sense, for a moment, that we are full of paradise without knowing it.” – Thomas Merton

This project was inspired by Patrick Moberg’s MellowTron: stuffedrobot.com/images/public/regular/b233b0cac595646233a3f7947e622537.jpg

Three days ago, I posted my cell phone number on my blog and asked people to anonymously call it and leave a voice message to the question:

What is loneliness?

Predominantly using digital stills manipulated in post, some video footage, and lo-fi audio recordings of messages from my cell phone, this was an attempt to make a coherent psychological discourse of strangers’ emotional dispositions, which resulted in a huge emotional investment.

This was an extremely difficult question to answer, and I am so grateful to all who participated. Here are the messages transcribed: karenabad.tumblr.com/post/36237755/loneliness-is

This is, "Loneliness," the second installment of "Robot Feelings" videos.

(Read about it here: karenabad.tumblr.com/post/48766743/robot-feelings )

Longing - vimeo.com/738587
Love - vimeo.com/1664882


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