NYU student’s art project is a “virtual girlfriend”

It’s simple to behold — a single mattress, tucked into a dark, curtained back room of the showcase space. On it: a lithe brunette. She’s perfectly quiet, but once you sit or lie down, she responds to your every move. Lie on your back, she snuggles up right next to you in a log position. Curl up in the fetal position, she spoons. The only hitch: She’s 2-D.

What’s the big deal? Nearly all of my girlfriends when I was at NYU were virtual. I just didn’t think to call it art.