Miranda July is Back With Somebody, a Short Film and an App to Shake How We Exchange Messages
Since her first feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, that won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2005, Miranda July has kept proving that her universe is rich, expandable, complex and can live on pretty much all mediums. While working on her latest feature, The Future, she wrote a book describing her process -and all the adventures that came along with it-, that became It Chooses You, one of the books that made it into mentorless favorite cultural goodies from 2013.
Last year, July offered people to hop on a mailing list for her project We Think Alone, where you were to receive 20 e-mails over 20 weeks from the sent mail folders of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Dunst, Sheila Heti, Etgar Keret, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Catherine Opie, Lee Smolin, Danh Vo who were to copy/paste a pevious email they had sent to X or Y person, based on a theme or key word given by July. The experience was as surreal as it can be, and as rich and unexpected as hoped.
Miranda July is now back with both a short film and a messaging application named ‘Somebody‘, made for and in partnership with Miu Miu. Somebody is an application that offers you to write scripted messages to somebody near by the person you want your message to be deliver to, and that said ‘somebody’ will act your words. If that sounds a absurd and abstract, that’s normal, we’re talking about Miranda July’s latest work here.
I’ve downloaded the app but could never pass the password set-up, so I’m not sure if it’s an intentional glitch or none of my passwords suit Somebody. (That will probably be updated as soon as I have access to a better Internet connection) In the meantime, here are the 5 steps explanation offered when you download Somebody.
And to help you better comprehend the hilarious potential of the app, July directed a short film that you can –that you must!– watch below, with different situations where Somebody can become extremely handy. Laughter guaranteed, in a July-esque way of course.
A poem dedicated to those who look at life from a slightly different angle, thus making it slightly more interesting:
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