Where to even begin with this one! So, it turns out Shia has set up a call center in Liverpool’s Fact Gallery where he and two collaborators (Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner) will be taking calls from the public to talk about anything and everything. Seriously. From Dec. 10 through Dec. 13 (between 11AM and 6PM), fans can call +44 (0)151-808-0771 to “connect” one-on-one with the eccentric actor, who you can also watch via a live stream on the gallery’s website.
“To use technology to connect with people is f-king magical,” Shia told The Guardian of his performance piece. “You know when you’re texting somebody and those three dots pop up? There’s so much magic happening in your anticipation, in your waiting for that response, and if the three dots go away you feel like, ‘Argh!’” Ok, he may be onto something with that.
Still, there is one catch to the whole project. The calls aren’t exactly private. While there isn’t any actual sound on the live stream, Shia and his team do take notes on the calls, which are then documented and posted to the gallery’s website for all to see. Things like: ‘what is it about your soul you want touching?’ and ‘have you got a soul?’ are among some of the very important questions being asked.
The call-in project — part of a group exhibition at FACT Gallery called “Follow” — is just the latest effort by Shia to promote his unique view of himself as an artist. In November, the Indiana Jones star sat in a New York movie theater for three straight days with fans and watched his entire filmography as his reaction was streamed online with the hashtag ALLMYMOVIES.
Similarly, in 2014, he took part in the #IAMSORRY art installation which saw him sat in an empty room in Los Angeles with a bag over his head as he allowed people to say and do what they wanted as he sat there in silence. And finally, who could forget his “Just Do It” inspirational video, which is still, just about the greatest thing you will ever watch. It’s 9 million YouTube views in just three months is the proof.
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