In a new piece of performance art, Shia LaBeouf (Nymphomaniac, Transformers, Holes) is watching all 27 of his movies in reverse chronological order, 24 hours a day, for three days — and you can watch him do it. He won’t be stopping to sleep, and there is only a five minute intermission between each screening. The finished piece will essentially consist 72 hours of reaction shots, though an attendee has posted a photo of the schedule on Twitter, so you also can follow along with what’s being played on the screen, if you so desire:
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) November 10, 2015
#IAMSORRY seems to be itself swinging like a frenzied pendulum between opposing thematic elements: LaBeouf wears a bag over his head that reads “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE,” yet people are lined up around the block just to see him wear it… his face is [originally] covered, but he is crying and seems to present an emotionally open front… you can do whatever you want within the exhibit, but there will be no record of you ever doing it… LaBeouf is sorry, and yet he again borrows from an artist uncredited… he is listening and reacting to what the audience has to say, and yet he wears earplugs… The list goes on and on.
It remains to be seen what interpretations will be drawn from this performance, though in my opinion it seems to lean more to the postmodern than the metamodern. This project, like #IAMSORRY, is in collaboration with Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner. Despite my personal reservations about LaBeouf’s film work, I must confess I’m genuinely intrigued to see how this turns out, and I’ll certainly be popping in from time to time to check on the live stream.
In any case, it’s good to know that Shia LaBeouf’s expression while watching his movies is more or less the same as mine: