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[Gossip] Shia LaBeouf Says His Recent Behavior Was Performance Art
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.22.2014

The Wrap reports that Shia LaBeouf claims that his weeks of odd behavior has been for performance art. He said the hashtag #stopcreating, used for his various Twitter apologies, was a project created with "meta-modernist" Luke Turner, David Ayer (writer of Training Day and End of Watch) and Kenneth Goldsmith (the Museum of Modern Art's first poet laureate).

The last time an actor exhibited bizarre behavior for a performance piece was when Joaquin Phoenix did it five years ago and kept it going through 2009 for Casey Affleck's mockumentary I'm Still Here.

LaBeouf wrote two long posts on Twitter about the art which were later deleted.

In the first post called "Twitter as Art", he wrote: "The problem with American artwork, is a problem of subject matter. Artwork keeps getting entangled with the problems of America itself."

The second post talks about what performance art is.

He added: "Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture. My twitter ‘@thecampaignbook' is meta-modernist performance art. A Performative [sic] redress which is all a public apology really is."

He said his plagiarism was intentional and meant to talk about "plagiarism in the digital age" and allow him to release his "authentic creative imagination."

He said: "All art is either plagarisum [sic] or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary. In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted. The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me."

He then thanked his "audience" and offered another "performative redress."


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