Shia LaBeouf's proposal for a so-called performance art was unveiled, following claim that his recent acts of plagiarism were all intentional. The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on the proposal which revealed the actor's plan to do the show in Los Angeles.
The former "Transformers" star allegedly contacted at least four art galleries, including Francois Ghebaly Gallery. "We got an inquiry from him," the owner spilled to THR. "We responded that we'd be interested to discuss it with him. Nothing is sure at all."
Titled "#IAMSORRY", the performance art is planned to feature a pair of pliers, a bottle of whiskey, Belgian chocolates, a Transformers toy, printed-out Twitter comments on folded paper, a book of love poems, an Indiana Jones whip, and a ukelele.
"For 7 days, Shia will sit at a table in a small, boxy room at the rear of a Los Angeles gallery," it reads. "It is not clear if this is actually Shia, or an imposter. A paper bag will cover his head, emblazoned with the words 'I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.' "
Visitors will each be given the liberty to choose one item to take into the next room where the actor was supposedly seated. They "may do and say as they wish with their chosen implement," while he "will remain silent throughout ... subjected to humiliation or forgiveness at the visitor's discretion."
In an email exchange obtained by Gawker, LaBeouf, meanwhile, said to an unnamed art gallery in regards to his performance art proposal that he's "promoting it at the Berlin film festival." He would do it "by wearing a mask I've made for the show, To the red carpet of the NYMPHOMANIC premier."
LaBeouf's exhibit project draws comparison to Marina Abramovic's 1974 experiment meant to test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience. The nature of the performance was completely in the audience's hands as Abramovic was placed on a table of 72 objects like gun and scissor that people were allowed to use in any way they chose.
When announcing the performance art, LaBeouf claimed he got help from "Meta-Modernist" Luke Turner, David Ayer who wrote "Fury" and directed him in the film, and Kenneth Goldsmith who was appointed as the Museum of Modern Art's first poet laureate. But it turned out Goldsmith was not directly affiliated with the actor and his project.
In an interview with Nailed magazine, Goldsmith said of LaBeouf, "I feel he stepped in s**t and is now trying to get out of it in an interesting way. Instead of the usual rounds of apologies and promising to do better next time, he's had a change of mind, one that says, hey, maybe what I did wasn't so bad if I could frame it properly."
"So, in the aftermath, he's scrambled to cite folks who have thought long and hard about how to view cultural materials as shared, rather than proprietary, as befits the digital age. That said, his plagiarizing of those materials and apologies and so forth, have been very sloppy, and as such, not tremendously convincing."
Goldsmith went on, "Anyone who has worked with shared and borrowed materials for a long time knows that there is a certain degree of craft involved, something LaBeouf has no clue about. Plagiarizing well is hard to do. Had he done it well, he might not have gotten the blowback that he has."