Somebody: A New Way to Communicate by Miranda July

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 7 pm

Texting is tacky. Calling is awkward. Email is old.

Filmmaker, artist, and writer Miranda July recently unveiled a new way to communicate: Somebody — an app created with support from Miu Miu, available free in iTunes (iOS only). Join the artist in the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA for a demo and discussion about the project. 

When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes, not to your friend, but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. The app launched at the Venice Film Festival along with a short companion film, part of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series. The film takes viewers through a few possible uses for the new messaging service, including a break up, a make up, and a proposal of marriage — but participants will find the app serves their own unique purposes. “I see this as far-reaching public art project, inciting performance and conversation about the value of inefficiency and risk,” says July.

The artist advises that Somebody works best with a critical mass of users in a given area; any social gathering can become a Somebody hotspot (find out more).

LACMA, Art + Technology Lab, Art of the Americas Building
Free and open to the public; reservations required
STANDBY ONLY: Reservations for this event are no longer available in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm outside of the Art + Technology Lab in the Director's Roundtable Garden, east of the Art of the Americas Building on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of space being made available to guests in this line.
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