Shia LaBeouf: ‘Why do I do performance art? Why does a goat jump?’

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This article titled “Shia LaBeouf: ‘Why do I do performance art? Why does a goat jump?’” was written by Alex Needham, for The Guardian on Thursday 10th December 2015 07.00 UTC

It’s a Friday night and Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö are sitting in a room behind the bar of the plush Soho Grand hotel in New York, enjoying the afterglow of their latest project, #ALLMYMOVIES. LaBeouf’s a world-famous Hollywood actor turned performance artist, the former star of the Transformers franchise. Turner and Rönkkö are plain old artists, based in London and Helsinki respectively.

LaBeouf, handsome, scruffy and slightly belligerent, is wearing a white sweatshirt and vapes intently. He’s got the three dots you see on an iPhone when someone is texting you tattooed on his hand. “To use technology to connect with people is fucking magical,” he says. “You know when you’re texting somebody and those three dots pop up? There’s so much magic happening in your anticipation, in your waiting for that response, and if the three dots go away you feel like, ‘Argh!’”

Turner and Rönkkö, it’s safe to say, don’t quite have the same growly charisma as LaBeouf. Indeed, they look as if they’ve won a competition to hang out with him. But the unlikely trio are adamant that they are an artistic collective, each on an equal footing. Turner wags a metaphorical finger at journalists who have failed to understand this. “If it’s a positive article, it’s a work by the art collective,” he says. “If it’s negative, it’s by ‘actor Shia LaBeouf’.” He frowns. “It’s very peculiar to write about a work without saying who it’s by.”

But aren’t they like a band, where people are only interested in the singer? “Well,” says Turner, “you don’t say, ‘John Lennon has released his album.’ It’s the Beatles. I’m not comparing us to the Beatles, by the way.

This article titled “Shia LaBeouf: ‘Why do I do performance art? Why does a goat jump?’” was written by Alex Needham, for The Guardian on Thursday 10th December 2015 07.00 UTC

It’s a Friday night and Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö are sitting in a room behind the bar of the plush Soho Grand hotel in New York, enjoying the afterglow of their latest project, #ALLMYMOVIES. LaBeouf’s a world-famous Hollywood actor turned performance artist, the former star of the Transformers franchise. Turner and Rönkkö are plain old artists, based in London and Helsinki respectively.

LaBeouf, handsome, scruffy and slightly belligerent, is wearing a white sweatshirt and vapes intently. He’s got the three dots you see on an iPhone when someone is texting you tattooed on his hand. “To use technology to connect with people is fucking magical,” he says. “You know when you’re texting somebody and those three dots pop up? There’s so much magic happening in your anticipation, in your waiting for that response, and if the three dots go away you feel like, ‘Argh!’”

Turner and Rönkkö, it’s safe to say, don’t quite have the same growly charisma as LaBeouf. Indeed, they look as if they’ve won a competition to hang out with him. But the unlikely trio are adamant that they are an artistic collective, each on an equal footing. Turner wags a metaphorical finger at journalists who have failed to understand this. “If it’s a positive article, it’s a work by the art collective,” he says. “If it’s negative, it’s by ‘actor Shia LaBeouf’.” He frowns. “It’s very peculiar to write about a work without saying who it’s by.”

But aren’t they like a band, where people are only interested in the singer? “Well,” says Turner, “you don’t say, ‘John Lennon has released his album.’ It’s the Beatles. I’m not comparing us to the Beatles, by the way.1000

 

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