Miranda July is a filmmaker, Performance artist, and writer who created a participatory work called We Think Alone. The project requirements focused on getting a diverse group of people friends or famous acquaintances the artist wanted to get to know better, to submit old emails under certain genres given by the artist over time. The process revealed private messages to the public. Submissions were edited by the submitters keeping privacy part of the work, this caused the idea of self portraiture through the emails to be clearer.
I believe that the process of getting people to reveal private sides of them selves through old emails was very interesting, even though submissions can be edited before had it still says something about the person about there personality being more reserved. Giving the audience genres on what subject matter to submit made it easier to feel free to participate. If left to just submit general emails the effect might not of been the same. each submission became a self portrait of the person giving off different types of impressions to the viewers.
Would you easily participate in such an activity?