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“Somebody” twists our love of avatars and outsourcing

Somebody, an app launched by artist and filmmaker Miranda July in conjunction with fashion brand Miu Miu, is a messaging service with a difference.

The idea is that a stranger in the vicinity of your friend will deliver the message in person. The app, developed by Stinkdigital, lets users type a message, then choose a delivery person based on other users’ photos and ratings from other users. The delivery person and recipient are given one another’s picture and GPS-based location, so they can meet and the message can be delivered. (If this sounds totally unrealistic for real-life, it helps that app has several designated “hotspots,” all arts-related such as San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts center and the Venice Film Festival, which makes it easier for people to find each other).

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July released the app yesterday at the Venice Film Festival with a branded film by Prada-owned Miu Miu, in which various scenarios featuring “Somebody” are played out. Some are hilarious (the plant named Anthony which manages to deliver a message declaring “Water me now”) and some are both comedic and moving (a waitress reading out a marriage proposal to a woman-played by July – at a table). All are superbly acted.



July – who says in the press release that “Somebody’ twists our love of avatars and outsourcing” – both wrote and directed.

Source Creativity Online