Remember when Shia LaBeouf put a brown paper bag over his head and claimed that he was "not famous" anymore? Well, it seems that no matter where LaBeouf focuses his efforts, they will get attention. These days, he is using his fame and voice for his performance art, and as expected, his art has been far from ordinary. For his newest art installation, #ALONETOGETHER, ABC News reported that LaBeouf will live in an isolated cabin located in Finland's remote Lapland region. And, well, it sounds exactly like the kind of thing LaBeouf would do.
I think the idea is actually very interesting and exactly up LaBeouf's alley, because he never skimps on the hard-hitting social commentary. For #ALONETOGETHER, the actor's only communication with anything in the outside world will be through text messages that are sent from visitors in the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, and the public will be able to view a live stream from the museum on the project's site. The other two members of LaBeouf's art collective, Natsja Rönkkö and Luke Turner, will also be in their own cabins, but none of the members will be able to communicate with each other, only with the museum visitors. As I see it, it's a comment on our reliance on technology, specifically text messaging, and how it is slowly replacing the necessity of actual human contact.
While it will be difficult to be completely alone, the #ALONETOGETHER installation can serve as a way to prove that even in our most isolated moments, our world is globalized and connected beyond belief... but are connections solely through technology enough for us to thrive? I have no doubt that LaBeouf will let us all know exactly what he feels once his experiment is over.
As of late, LaBeouf has been very involved in public art displays. In January, he launched a piece directed at Donald Trump titled "He Will Not Divide Us" at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. For the live stream protest, he invited visitors to stand in front of a camera and repeat the phrase "he will not divide us." The installation, which was meant to remain for the entirety of Trump's presidency, was cut short in February due to safety concerns.
It's obvious that LaBeouf is extremely passionate about his artistic endeavors, so I hope he won't get into too much trouble while alone in this cabin in remote Finland. I'm pretty confident that he actually he will have some really important things to say once it's all over.