You may know Shia LaBeouf as a T.V. and movie star from films and shows such as Disney’s Even Stevens, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Disturbia, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and many more blockbuster hits. Sure, he’s an acclaimed actor, but as of recent years he’s acted in more than just T.V. shows and movies; Shia LaBeouf is also an art performer. Laugh if you may, but LaBeouf’s strange antics are for the sake of art.
Most recently, the actor has embarked on a public performance piece called #ELEVATE. You’re probably asking yourself what this could possibly be. Well, he’s locking himself in an elevator with a group of people for 24 hours, only allowing people to leave for bathroom breaks. LaBeouf is live streaming the event, which will also serve as an “extended 24 hour talk” for The Oxford Union (a debating society). He’s also doing this today as you’re reading this right now.
But Shia LaBeouf’s performance art credits stretch beyond the four walls of that tiny elevator he’s temporarily residing in. Check out some of the other neat projects he’s worked on in the past:
Shia LaBeouf collaborated with Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner (also involved in #ELEVATE) to take phone calls at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. The phone calls, in which LaBeouf wanted callers to touch his soul with their words, were broadcast live online for streaming, with an accompanying transcript of the conversations that was updating live. The project took place over four days, and it led up to the opening of the group’s exhibition following #TOUCHMYSOUL (which ran from Dec. 11 to Feb. 21). The purpose of this exhibit according to the official website is to express the way people communicate in a digital age that’s filled with social media.
In the words of Vanity Fair, this isn’t just another “crazy Shia LaBeouf art project” – it’s also performance art. The actor decided to watch literally every movie he’s ever made for three days straight. He was filmed while watching his movies, and priceless reactions were captured. Like with #TOUCHMYSOUL, #AllMyMovies was live streamed for all to see.
When Shia LaBeouf paraded around with that brown paper bag over his head with the words “I am not famous anymore,” the media and the public lost their marbles. The truth is, it was all the beginning of another Shia LaBeouf performance art piece. He later replaced the hashtag on Twitter to “#IAMSORRY,” which later became the name of his piece. When the actual art exhibit took place, rooted in L.A., LaBeouf sat in a room quietly with a paper bag on his head. Simple as that. Again, he collaborated with Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner on it.
Just Do It
Just Do It is the 2015 motivational speech of the decade. Filmed in front of a green screen, Shia LaBeouf aggressively screams at the viewer that they should take the plunge to go chase their dreams because “yesterday you said tomorrow.” It’s now been reduced to an Internet meme.
Sia’s Music Video For “Elastic Heart”
Shia LaBeouf and Dance Mom’s Maddie Ziegler performed an expressive emotional dance together for Sia‘s video for Elastic Heart. According to prepubescent Ziegler, Shia LaBeouf smelled bad, and Mail Online reported that the youngster kept trying to hand him hand wipes to clean up! They both use their body movements and facial expressions to tell a wordless story. Watch the video below!