Text with Affection: MIRANDA JULY’s Somebody Is Your New Messaging Service

Artist and filmmaker Miranda July has decided to test the waters of our new, smartphone-infused phenomenology with her app Somebody. Designed with the support of Miu Miu as part its Women’s Tales series, Somebody is a mobile messaging app created by July. The Somebody app was launched to the public August 28th at the Venice Film Festival with an accompanying short film by the same name. 032c …
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On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog: HANS ULRICH OBRIST in Conversation with Artist-Turned-App Developer JON NASH

SLIGHT is an app designed by London-based artist Jon Nash which allows for completely anonymous geolocated commenting. No sign up, login, or username required. The resulting pins reveal a peculiar mix of personal in-jokes (“spencer is looking fiiiiine”), evaluative commentary (“None of these paintings were made by women”) and general snide (“SURROUNDED BY …
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Auf Wiedersehen, Vertical Video

The habit of recording video with an upright mobile phone—in portrait mode—has become an affliction. Cinema has always been produced horizontally. TVs and computer screens have horizontal ratios. Our eyes are oriented horizontally. Watching tall, skinny videos with side black bars is like going into the most boring k-hole imaginable. Neither our media nor our…
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