As anyone worth their weight in pretension knows, Miranda July’s films are filled with nothing but awkward moments and uncomfortable silences–just like most art events and social gatherings in Bushwick. Hence, is it any real source of astonishment that July was inspired by an unpleasant get-together at Coagulate to make her latest “art project,” Somebody.
The unprecedented app came to July after watching an exchange, or rather, lack thereof, between Bushwick residents Sheldon Nogame and Slutta Sax. Sax, who was completely blind to Nogame’s attempt to make conversation with her, kept on talking to a wheat paste cutout on the wall that she thought was the man of her dreams. With neither of them getting what they wanted from the “people” they were talking to, it dawned on July that there should be an app to remedy this in a completely indie movie sort of way.
July told The Burning Bush, “Well, you know, I just thought it would help to create the sort of honest human connection that seems to be missing from this neighborhood. Bushwick is really what prompted my idea about a new approach to remedying social awkwardness by making the situation even more awkward.” July refused to comment on whether or not she thought this was a more abstract form of creating Tinder for those who never obtained social skills.
Written by Genna Rivieccio, who never obtained social skills