Art School(ed): We Think Alone

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Art School(ed) is a column about all things arty (e.g., exhibits, printmakers, gouache, the Rhode Island School of Design, zines, Van Gogh, that Circle Dance sculpture made out of impenetrable tinfoil, contemporary photography, Woody Allen, etc.) penned by a real, live RISD student. 

Since July 1st, I have been receiving weekly e-mails from Lena Dunham and Kirsten Dunst. The ladies of Rodarte drop me a line every Monday as well. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar… that guy just won’t leave me alone!

Unfortunately, these e-mails are not actually personalized for me. They are a part of Miranda July’s newest art project, where she implements e-mail as her medium of choice. July considers herself a filmmaker, an artist, and a writer. Her previous work appears in this litany of impressiveness: the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, two Whitney biennials, the Venice Biennale, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The New Yorker, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. Swoon.

July’s e-mail project, entitled We Think Alone, compiles personal e-mails penned by people in the public eye. Each week, this collection of e-mails is curated according to a theme. Past themes include: an e-mail that mentions Barack Obama, a business e-mail, an e-mail to your mom, an e-mail that includes a dream you had, an e-mail with art in it, an e-mail about what you’re working on, an e-mail you decided not to send, an e-mail that includes a photo of yourself, and an e-mail with the phrase ‘I love you’ in it. Continue Reading