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Inspired by the early Russian Suprematist Kazimir Malevich and his courage to abandon all decoration in pursuit of the simplest of forms, such as a single black square, I began thinking about black squares which would exist only on the computer. I was also concerned with a way for children to use computers; not by wrestling with the mouse and keyboard, but by simply talking or singing to elicit a reaction from the computer. Thus, users would talk to the Reactive Square through a microphone, and the square would react. When speaking to the squares I was reminded about Newton's 2nd Law of physics: "For every action there is a reaction." In this sense, the squares weren't interactive; they weren't communicating. They were merely reacting to voice input.