Miranda July Releases Quirky Messaging App

A short film idea turned into an app that encourages spontaneous performance art.
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Filmmaker Miranda July (You and Me and Everyone You Know) has released a quirky new app called Somebody, which acts as part messaging app and part performance art.

The user creates a sort of script--including feelings, words and even gestures--that they want to send to a friend. The message then gets sent to another Somebody user who is in physical proximity to them. The idea then is for the message deliverer to meet the message recipient and act out the message--thus creating spontaneous performance art, in a way.

The idea started out as a short film idea that July created for Miu Miu, but then got developed into the app itself.

“Most of my work invites strangers to engage with each other, and someone suggested I should create an app based on that. At first I thought the idea was ridiculous… I don’t even have apps on my phone! But then I started reminiscing about singing telegrams and the way romantic messages used to be delivered by friends when we were in high school, and the idea for the app started to take shape," July tells AnOther. "It’s the opposite to the very efficient means of communication we’ve developed in the last few years, but it’s a very open and fun experience.”

Watch the Somebody short film below and download the app for free here.