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#ManCrushMonday: Shia LaBeouf

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#ManCrushMonday: Shia LaBeouf
As Shia LaBeouf turns in his best performance in American Honey, we recall 5 of his best works as a performance artist too

1. He Will Not Divide Us
The 30-year-old joined conceptual artists Rönkkö and Turner in this anti-Trump demonstration, which began on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration. The actor streamed a video performance installation outside New York's Museum of the Moving Image, which has since been moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and recently across the Atlantic pond to Liverpool. Visitors are invited to say "He will not divide us" into a camera, which is then live-streamed on a website throughout the duration of the president's four-year term.

2. I Am Not Famous Anymore
In 2014, LaBeouf attended the premiere of Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac at Berlin Film Festival wearing a suit and a paper bag on his forehead with the phrase, "I Am Not Famous Anymore". The quote was taken from former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona's words after he found out that he had to serve 120 hours of community service following an assault on a spectator in 1995.

Shia LaBeouf

3. #TakeMeAnywhere
Attempting to reconnect with the masses, the actor went on a 30-day hitchhiking trip where anyone could pick him up and take him anywhere they wanted. LaBeouf would tweet the GPS coordinates of his location, and fans would turn up and take him on a ride. This time, the actor started the project with some back-up: Vice, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Institute in London for the MediaLive festival.

4. #AllMyMovies
Turning binge-watching into performance art, the actor spent three days at the Angelika Film Center in Manhatttan watching his own movies, with his reactions captured on a live feed.

5. #IAmSorry
After the Berlin Film Festival, the actor once again hid his face under a plastic bag for his next work, in collaboration with artist Luke Turner at Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles. Strangers were invited to sit across him as he sat, with the words "I Am Sorry" written on the paper bag. Visitors were also encouraged to pick up a selection of objects and present or use it with him: A Transformers toy, a bullwhip, a bowl of sweets, a bowl of notes with Twitter comments against him, a vase of flowers, a bottle of Jack Daniels, a pink ukulele, and more. 


American Honey is now showing at The Projector. To book, click here. For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.

Adibah Isa

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