Shia LeBeouf Is Spending 24 Hours In A Lift Because Of Course He Is
Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to performance art.
From appearing at the premiere of 'Nymphomaniac' with a paper bag over his head with the words, “I am not famous anymore” scrawled on, to the infamous #ALLMYMOVIES project, which saw LaBeouf watching all of his movies in reverse order in a New York Cinema, Shia is interacting with the public like no other Hollywood A-lister.
His latest stunt involves occupying a lift at the EC Oxford Language Course Centre, alongside two other performance artists. Visitors are able to join LaBeouf in the elevator and are actively encouraged to communicate and debate the actor and his buds. #ELEVATE is also being streamed live on YouTube, so Shia fans around the world can interact with the project. *Immediately loads the livestream*.
‘Stunts’ like these are always going to attract critics. Shia has been criticised for plagiarism, narcissism and labelled as downright crazy, but is that a fair assessment of his performance art?
Shia told The Guardian, “There’s an animalistic urge to express love that I can’t express in film. I felt limited after coming out of Transformers. Or all the stuff I’d done with Steven Spielberg, not to pooh-pooh those films, but you have no creative control.”
So yes, Shia's wacky performance art can be perceived as out of the ordinary... but why the hell shouldn’t he express himself in an unconventional way?! No one is forced to watch a livestream or interact with LaBeouf in La Lift, but something about them seems to resonate with people, and the originality behind the stunts should be celebrated.
Three words to leave you with…JUST DO IT!