Known more for his performance art these days more so than his acting, Shia LaBeouf made a new kind of performance when he appeared at a Finnish museum to dance.
His most recent performance art wrapped recently, after he left his isolated cabin. Called #ALONETOGETHER, the project was living with just two other people for one entire month. During this time, he communicated to the outside world via texts to a museum in Helsinki. The cabin itself was live-streamed into a cabin in the museum as an art exhibit.
Prepared to be involved in society again, LeBeouf broke into dance at Kiasma. An exhibit, “The Factory of the Sun” by Hito Steyerl caught his attention. A short video was recorded of his actions. Steryl told WENN, the first to report on LeBoeuf's appearance, “Everyone is very welcome to dance in this installation – whoever it is. It’s also happened many times before, it’s a very natural way to react to the work.” The exhibit is an educational video on a manufacturer that creates light via the energy of dancers. The visualizations look similar to an image capture studio and the action depicted is reminiscent of video games. Below, you can watch LaBeouf's rhythmic reaction to the exhibit.
Steyerl currently has multiple exhibits at the museum. Alongside “The Factory of the Sun” there is also “How to Not Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov Fil”. This one goes over five tips for staying invisible to the eye and cameras to draw attention to the difficulties of avoiding surveillance.
I guess all that isolation made LaBeouf want to do something a little crazy. His dancing was described as “manic” and is definitely based in a need for movement over any kind of dance style. You can’t blame the guy after his most recent project!