Miranda July is an artist traversing many mediums. From film to fiction, performance art to installation, July explores the complicated ways that humans communicate. She is frequently at the center of her art—writing, directing, and acting in her own films and performances. July last visited the Walker in 2011 to introduce her latest film, The Future (her post-screening discussion of the film is available on the Walker Channel), the bizarre tale of a couple whose world falls apart when they decide to adopt a cat. She returns this week for the world premiere of a performance work called New Society that pushes the limits of audience collaboration. She was also here in June of 2000 to perform an excerpt from The Swan Tool and to screen I Saw Bones and Nest of Tens. Her film Me and You and Everyone We Know screened in Women with Vision in May 2005. Finally, Getting Stronger Every Day screened at Walker in 2002 for Women with Vision. Tickets are on sale now for the October 30 and 31 performances.
July’s art is instantly recognizable: colorful palettes, content without context, tender confessions, and audience integration. From a hallway adorned with comically ominous text to a series of emails from celebrities that all address the same topic, July manages to create an experience that feels both personal and universal. Her newest experiment is the Somebody app: a program that allows you to communicate with friends by delivering your message verbally through a stranger who is in their proximity. The Walker plays host to the app this fall, operating as a hub for interaction.
Since the mid-90s, July has been building an impressive body of work. To learn more, visit her website that features a comprehensive chronicle of all her creations.