More Miranda July

Moving the digital into interpersonal IRL interaction. Here’s how it works as described on the Somebody website

Send your friend a message…a stranger will deliver it verbally! Or you can deliver someone else’s message! Somebody works when lots of people in the same area download it so invite your friends!

Here’s some insight from a review in Wired Magazine

It’s a little frustrating, but it’s also a pretty accurate representation of most human interactions. Meeting somebody on Somebody takes a little serendipity, a little bit of being in the right place at the right time. For what it’s worth, July doesn’t see Somebody as a mode of communication akin to texting or email, anyway. It’s a massive public art project, an experiment to see how willing people are to don another human’s personality and connect with a stranger. “It’s not about the communication, because it’s a pretty clunky way to communicate,” she admits. “It’s more about an experience.”

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