Actor spending 24 hours in working elevator
Shia LaBeouf’s latest piece of performance art isn’t for the claustrophobic: The actor and his collaborators, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, are occupying an elevator at EC Oxford in the U.K. for 24 hours, with only a break to give a talk in between. People can join them in the lift, and the entire thing is being live streamed on YouTube.
The project, titled #ELEVATE, follows the art collective’s #TOUCHMYSOUL, where the three wore headsets and asked callers to touch their souls by telling stories, singing, or sharing whatever they saw fit. Prior to that, LaBeouf live streamed himself watching all of his films at New York’s Angelika Film Center for #ALLMYMOVIES.
LaBeouf, Turner, and Rönkkö boarded the elevator at 9 a.m. on Feb. 19 and will exit 9 a.m. on Feb. 20. So far, fellow riders have asked questions both lighthearted and personal: One woman asked, “If you were a fruit, which would you be?” while another asked what the most interesting or fun or difficult moment in LaBeouf’s life has been.
“The last couple years have been pretty interesting,” he said. “Just because it’s been a lot of turmoil and also a lot of positive. It’s been a lot of extremes. It’s been a very extreme couple years.”
By “turmoil,” LaBeouf might be referring to his recent run-ins with the law — he was arrested for disorderly conduct after interrupting a performance of Cabaret in June 2014, and was arrested for public intoxication in October 2015. As for the positive, he also formed the art collective with Turner and Rönkkö in 2014. Since then, they’ve been creating projects that emphasize communication and community.
Although LaBeouf’s getting more publicity for these projects than his acting career these days, he hasn’t stepped away from that world: He’s starring in American Honey, which A24 recently acquired for U.S. distribution. It’s set to debut in the second half of 2016.
Watch the live stream of #ELEVATE above.