Ok pandas normally I don’t post current news but today I thought I will make an exception. Reason being? Today is the day I found out that Shia LaBeouf is being filmed at a movie theatre in New York. No, it is not for an upcoming film. It’s for I’m guessing, personal artistic purposes. In this project, we, the voyeurs, are watching him watching his movies. It’s just of his face and nothing else. There is no sound, just his movements and his facial expressions. This performance started from his most recent movies and is working backwards, whereupon he will keep watching one after another without sleeping. It’s supposed to last for 3 days.
When I first saw this new project, obviously yet another development into his realm of performance art, I laughed. I laughed out loud. A big snort and all. When I think of performance art I think of Marina Abramovic who I was honoured to see at the Serpentine Gallery last year in Hyde Park, London. I even studied Performance art funnily enough. I get it and I can understand that it’s always open to interpretation. As in, there’s no right answer sometimes. As soon as my initial reactions started to subside I realised that I was not being an objective viewer. I was looking at this from the celebrity point of view. That this man was just seeking even more attention. How could I not think this after all his stunts and arrests and bullshit. Also a part of it is because we never see the likes of Abramovic in the press other then when she’s doing a new performance piece. But then I thought hang on, I’m judging someone who I don’t know. This is not me as a person. I don’t care what others do. Yet here I was judging. I think it’s because society has built this empire out of judging people and I’m afraid some has rubbed off on me. So I decided to look at this from the point of view of an artist and I can now see that you can interpret this in a performance art piece kind of way. How you might ask? Well here I am, leaving the live streaming video of Shia LaBeouf open on one of my Google tabs. I am literally watching a man that is watching his own movies at a cinema. And then I thought of society and how we have built this love of voyeurism. We would watch Kim Kardashian sleep if we could. I think it says a lot about us as humans. We like to watch and judge others. Personally, I would watch this for hours just to see if I can catch some nose pickings. Joke, pandas! Or was it? Anyway, you could interpret this any way you want. In fact you could see Abramovic’s style in some of his pieces if I’m being completely honest. I think if he truly loves doing this, then he’s got a ways to go. He needs to find his own voice. But I am not hating on him because of this.
Here’s the thing. LaBeouf is a bit off his rocker, BUT, I’m not going to lie, I still really like him. I Think as an actor he gets the job done. In fact he hasn’t even reached his full potential. He seems like he’s trying to figure life out but doesn’t want to conform to society. To be free. So, sure, he is a bit different. But isn’t that what makes us awesome individuals? Maybe you will think I’m crazy, but there’s just something that’s undefinable about him. I actually DO want to watch him and see more of him. However, this could be me and the unconventional people I become attracted to. I’m odd too you know!
Either way, all I’m saying is, even Marina Abramovic was once misunderstood. Maybe 30 years from now we will be singing his praises and maybe we won’t. Can we all just leave it at that?! Now… If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go stare at LaBeouf stare at LaBeouf movies.