Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Earlier this year, actor Shia LaBeouf created a performance art piece entitled #IAMSORRY. During the piece, LaBeouf sat at table with a paper bag over his face that read “I Am Not Famous Anymore”. The piece gained a lot of publicity and had several famous viewers and commentators (Kanye West famously attended with a tan turtleneck partially covering his face and renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic discussed it with New York Magazine). LaBeouf begins a new work on September 25th, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, that focuses on running. An avid runner, LaBeouf plans on running around the museum, inviting others to join him “running shoes optional”. Although I am unsure of what LaBeouf’s message is through the work, I do value his respect of collaboration. For this piece, he has partnered again with the same two artists who helped create #IAMSORRY. His partners are Nastja Sade Ronkko, a Finnish conceptual artist, and Luke Turner, a British performance artist. Together, they have created the tag #METAMARATHON to gain visibility for the work. I’ll be interested to follow the tag on social media tomorrow to see the response to the work.
Perhaps it will be a great success. Perhaps LaBeouf should just stick to making Transformers movies (a sentence I truly thought I’d never say).