Shia LaBeouf has launched his latest art performance, which sees him asking members of the public to call him up and then “touch his soul.” LaBeouf has travelled to Liverpool, England, to conduct this latest performance, setting up his very own call center in Fact gallery.
Those that would like to call up Shia LaBeouf, who is working and fielding calls with two collaborators, Luke Turner and Nastja Sade Ronkko, on the performance, can call him on +44 (0)151 808 0771 between the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. GMT.
Warning: If you are going to try and call Shia from the USA, then you should know that the above is a UK number, and you will be charged at a standard international rate.
Those of you who would just like to watch and follow a transcript of what Shia LaBeouf is talking to the people that call him about can simply head over to TouchMySoul.net to be kept up to date with his actions.
And people were quick to take to Twitter to post their reactions to Shia LaBeouf’s latest piece, with some even admitting that they were able to talk to the movie star.
lmao just been on the phone with Shia LaBeouf wtf
— joshua (@manton_josh) December 10, 2015
Shia LaBeouf is just my absolute favourite. — Kate Cooper-Owen (@KateCooperOwen) December 10, 2015
Tried phoning Shia Labeouf 13 times today
— Dennie (@Dehneee) December 10, 2015
touch my soul
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 8, 2015
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 10, 2015
Shia LaBeouf also spoke to the Guardian alongside Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner. The artistic collective also helped him during his recent project #ALLMYMOVIES, which saw the actor watch each and every one of his movies back to back. LaBeouf discussed why he has decided to take on these projects, admitting that he felt limited by his movie career.
“Why does a goat jump?” asks LaBeouf after being quizzed about why he picked performance art. “There’s an animalistic urge to express love that I can’t express in film. I felt limited after coming out of Transformers. Or all the stuff I’d done with Steven Spielberg, not to pooh-pooh those films, but have no creative control.”
LaBeouf added that while he moved to performance art to try and have more freedom, he also wanted to explore the process of performance and allow people to see it. In fact, some of the myths he’d heard regarding his favorite actors was the reason why he persisted.
“The guys I always looked up to – Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn – I loved the myths I heard about how their performances were created,” LaBeouf continued. “And I thought, ‘Oh man, it would be great if you could see the process, you’d enjoy the performance a bit more.’ That’s why I turned to performance art, because it’s just about the process. It’s all aired out.”
TouchMySoul.net has provided further information on Shia LaBeouf’s antics, which will cover the next four days, between Thursday and Sunday.
The web page explains, “From 11am GMT on 10 December 2015, #TOUCHMYSOUL by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner will commence at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), 88 Wood Street, Liverpool.”
“Over the next four days, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner invite you to pick up your telephone and touch their soul on +44 (0)151 808 0771* between the hours of 11am – 6pm GMT. The project will also be broadcast live above for the duration.”
LaBeouf, Rönkkö, and Turner’s performance piece is part of an exhibition currently being run at Fact, entitled “Follow.”
On Fact’s website, the exhibition’s description asks, “In a world where we use Instagram and Twitter ‘likes’ to assess who and what is important, and fame is just a click away, what impact is the internet really having on how we think about ourselves and those around us?”
[Image via Fact & Jason Merritt/Getty Images]