Queen of whimsy Miranda July releases Someone, an app that sends messages through strangers’ bodies

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For those delicate situations when Snapchat is too intimate yet Secret’s too anonymous, magical human and happy-accident enthusiast Miranda July has just released her first app. Called Somebody, the iOS messaging service allows interested parties to act as human conduits for whatever pressing missive you’d like to send.

As seen below in a characteristically twee short film — which was released at the Venice Film Festival today — once downloaded, the app sends your message not to its intended recipient, but to the closest Somebody user nearby. Built-in actions like [hug] and directive like [cry] encourage the messengers to really add feeling to their performance. It’s a little like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except not sinister…

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