Shia LaBeouf Is Standing In An Elevator For 24 Hours And Livestreaming It
Actor, enfant terrible, and experimental performance artist Shia LaBeouf is at it again. Fresh off his three-day #AllMyMovies, uh, thing—where he watched his entire filmography at New York's Angelika Film Center—LaBeouf and his collaborators Nastja Sade Rönkkö and Luke Turner are hanging out in an elevator at Oxford University for 24 hours. And yes, it's being live-streamed on the Internet.
Called #ELEVATE (because everything has to be a hashtag these days), LaBeouf, Rönkkö, and Turner began the event at 9 a.m., local time, on Friday (1 a.m., Pacific standard time) by standing in the Oxford Union elevator and welcoming members of the public to step in and talk about literally anything. It's not terribly enlightening, but it's fascinating.
"Visitors will be able to join LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner inside the elevator during this time, and are invited to address the artists, the debating chamber, and the Internet, so that their collective voices may form an extended, expansive, and egalitarian Oxford Union address," wrote Oxford Union of the stunt. The trio will take an hour break from the elevator around noon, Pacific Time, to address a crowd at the Oxford Union, which normally hosts formal debates and world dignitaries (after LaBeouf et al., the prime minister of Kosovo and Janet Napolitano are next on their schedule).
During the break, you can scroll back through the feed and hear LaBeouf talk about a myriad of subjects, including himself, #ELEVATE ("We're not trying to change the world, we're just in an elevator."), Southeast Asian politics, education, and where he gets the energy to stand in an elevator for so long ("Dominos."). When one visitor asks him whether he wants Leo to win the Oscar, he bluntly says, "I don't give a shit."
Again, it's not the most ground-breaking stuff in the world, but it's relaxing. Almost like hearing a quasi-intelligent stoned conversation between two of your friends. Unfortunately the camera is positioned outside of the doors, so the majority of the livestream just shows the elevator doors closed—but when visitors step in and out you can catch Shia's new friends pose for a quick selfie before saying goodbye.