UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 20 (11:15 a.m. ET) – Shia LaBeouf’s performance art installation inside an Oxford University elevator took a weird and strangely violent turn when a student entered the lift — in which LaBeouf spent a full 24 hours — requesting that he punch him in the face.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the guy explained he was a performance artist, asking: “Can you help me with completion of my next piece by punching me in the face?”;
In video of the incident, LaBeouf is clearly taken aback: “Oh man, you want to punch me in the face? “I don’t want to punch you very hard!”;
When the elevator doors close, the video can no longer be seen, but the sound of the smack in the face can clearly be heard. Watch:
Shia LaBeouf is gaining a reputation as the Yoko Ono of his generation, becoming better known in recent years for wacky performance art stunts than his film roles.
Following such past “art installations”; as #IAMSORRY (in which he wore a paper bag imprinted with the words “I am not famous anymore”; on his head), the experimental #TOUCHMYSOUL and another in which he aired a livestream of himself watching all his movies in a three-day marathon comes his latest: spending 24 hours in an elevator in London’s Oxford University.
LaBeouf entered the elevator at 9 a.m. local time today, reports BBC News, joined by friends Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner for what he’s describing as “an extended 24-hour talk.”;
“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,”; explains Oxford Union, which is hosting the “performance.”;
Whatever it is, it’s “free and open to the public for the full 24 hours,”; and you can watch a livetream right here: