New Society

Miranda July

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
23 February 2015

As part of the development of a larger project with Artangel, Miranda July began her exploration of UK audiences with a one-off event in London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

The witty and moving performance artfully blended fiction and real life to create a startling chronicle of time, love, and group faith. On this very special night July tested some of the limits of what is possible given two hours and a room full of strangers. The performance, New Society, coincided with the publication in the UK of July’s first novel The First Bad Man, published by Canongate.

Image: Miranda July seen in a performance still from New Society

About Miranda July

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Miranda July

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer.

Artangel & Miranda July present Norwood Jewish Charity Shop, London Buddhist Centre Charity Shop & Spitalfields Crypt Trust Charity Shop in solidarity with Islamic Relief Charity Shop at Selfridges was her first ever UK commission.

Her movies, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at MoMA, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in two Whitney Biennials in New York.

Her participatory artworks include the website Learning to Love You More (2000-2007; now in the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale), Somebody (2014; a messaging app created with Miu Miu) and New Society (2015; a performance).

She wrote, directed and starred in the films The Future (2011) and Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005; winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival). Her debut novel, The First Bad Man, was a New York Times bestseller in 2015 and her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, from 2007, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; both books are published in twenty-five countries.

Her writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. It Chooses You was her first book of nonfiction. Earlier this year The Getty Research Institute acquired the archive of July’s Joanie 4 Jackie project, an underground video distribution network for women she founded in 1995. She is the recipient of a 2016 USA Artist Fellowship Award, and is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. July lives in Los Angeles.

Images: Miranda July (left) Photograph: Todd Cole; in a performance still from New Society


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Who made this possible?


Presented by Artangel and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, with special thanks to Mala Gaonkar and Oliver Haarmann.

Artangel is generously supported by Arts Council England and the private patronage of the Artangel International Circle, Special AngelsGuardian Angels and The Company of Angels.