Celeb e-mails become public art

2013-07-02 11:10
Stockholm - The every day lives of famous people become public through a new art exhibition We Think Alone that is set-up completely online. By subscribing your e-mail on the website you get random e-mails, determined by a genre picked by the artist Miranda July, from actors, designers, photographers and writers.

July, a multi-dimensional artist that has done film, live performances, multimedia presentations and writing, wants to draw a contrast between how different we appear in a medium like e-mail compared to real life.

She writes on the website, "How they comport themselves in email is so intimate, almost obscene - a glimpse of them from their own point of view... Privacy, the art of it, is evolving. Radical self-exposure and classically manicured discretion can both be powerful, both be elegant."

Celebrity finances

The first installment revealed the financials of Girls creator Lena Dunham, A-list actress Kirsten Dunst and Canadian bestseller Sheila Heti. Dunham tweeted yesterday about how she felt about a private e-mail becoming public:
In the e-mail, Dunham wanted to buy a R240 000 sofa from Sweden, but thought better of it.

"The price to make the Liljevalch Sofa is $14,878.93 plus the fabric which is $283.56 per meter and we would need 20 meters of fabric. So the entire cost of the couch would be $20,554.39,' said the e-mail.

"Shipping the sofa: It will take between 16 and 20 weeks to make and ship the sofa to us (from Sweden and will cost $3,080.85, plus $400.00 in customs charges. whenever you pick the fabric I can order for you! :) xox."

Dunham ended up replying that it was too expensive.

Financial struggles

Dunst's e-mail relayed how she was selling her car to a friend, and Heti was emailing a friend about her striggling finances before her hit How Should A Person Be? that topped The New York Times' 100 Best Books of 2012. "I have less than $1000 in the bank and no credit card debt and no savings. I am hoping that my new book will sell in the States and elsewhere in the new year to save me."

The work was commissioned by Magasin 3, a contemporary art museum in Stockholm and will be sending e-mails to subscribers from July 1 until 11 November.