Hoboy. Yesterday Miranda July debuted an art project that involves forwarding famous people’s e-mail right to your very own inbox.
Commissioned by the Stockholm-based Magasin 3 gallery, the project is a collaboration with Lena Dunham (“every girl’s fantasy best friend,” according to The Independent), Kirsten Dunst, “Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, the basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Sheila Heti…the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, photographer Catherine Opie, Lee Smolin, a theoretical physicist and artist Danh Vo.”
Here are a few more details from The Independent:
Every Monday for 20 weeks until November, subscribers will receive a round-robin package of 10 emails from the group on a specific theme. The first, sent out yesterday, was An Email About Money, hence the insights into Dunham’s furniture-buying habits and the fate of Dunst’s old car. Future themes include An Email to Your Mom, An Email About Something You Want, An Email that Gives Advice and An Angry Email. All of the emails were written before the project started, to give the most authentic picture of the senders.
“I’m always trying to get my friends to forward me emails they’ve sent to other people – to their mom, their boyfriend, their agent – the more mundane the better,” explains July. “How they comport themselves in email is so intimate, almost obscene – a glimpse of them from their own point of view.”
If you say so, Miranda July. If you say so.