Shia LaBeouf is occupying an elevator…because art!
The 29-year-old actor, who has become known for his unconventional art projects
, is hosting an open forum inside of an elevator at Oxford University in England for 24 hours. He is appearing alongside two other members of his art collective, Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner, and you can livestream the work in its entirety on YouTube
right now. (Note: As of 11:45 a.m. PT, the team announced they were leaving for an hour to give their Oxford speech.)
During the stream, LaBeouf has invited anyone who pleases to join him in the elevator to talk about... basically anything they want to talk about.
"Oxford invited us, and you can't really turn down Oxford," LaBeouf said during the stream, describing the nature of the project. "We wanted to take this really narcissistic, genius, 'master speech' thing, and make it egalitarian," he continued, explaining that it's not feasible to have "everybody up on stage."
When one fellow passenger commented on the awkward forum of a cramped elevator, the Transformers actor responded: "No matter how awkward it is in here, it's a million times less awkward than standing up on a stage."
"We just moved the hall into the elevator, and put everything in here," LaBeouf continued.
The ultimate goal, he says, is to equalize the conversation.
"I don't think what I have to say is any more valid than what you have to say," he said. "It's just a different perspective."
Despite their stated goals, LaBeouf did add that the group was being "forced" to speak in the more traditional Oxford Hall Friday night at 8 p.m.
Keep fighting for expression, Shia!
Watch the video below for Shia LaBeouf's dance collaboration with Maddie Ziegler last year for Sia's music video.