watch the documentary of labeouf, rönkkö & turner's #touchmysoul performance
Last December’s performance at FACT Liverpool has been immortalised in film.
Shia LaBeouf, and his art collaborators Luke Turner and Nastja Ronkko, spent four days last December answering phones at FACT Liverpool, speaking to anyone who cared to call in. Over the course of four days over 3000 people visited FACT, 270,000 tuned into the lifestream and just over 1000 managed to get through via the telephone. The performance ended with Nastja tattooing "You Now Wow" on LaBeouf's arm, a quote from one of the calls. The tattoo meant to be embody the mark that human connections can leave between people, and how such connections affect us.
#TOUCHMYSOUL continued Shia's foray into performance art with Ronkko and Turner, an attempt, as James Franco described in the New York Times, to "reclaim his public persona." This began in 2014 when the actor staged a six day performance, titled #IAMSORRY, in a gallery in LA, where he appeared wearing a brown paper bag over his head and let audience members interact with him whilst he passively (Shia said he was even raped by one female fan). This followed an appearance on the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival a few days previously, where he'd also appeared with a brown paper bag covering his face with "I am not famous anymore" written on it, and quoted footballer Eric Cantona during a press conference.
He's since staged a series of Skype performances and lectures, and last summer also took part in Jesse Darling's Serpentine Park Nights performance of Elektra.
The project #TOUCHMYSOUL by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner took place at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool from 10 to 13 December 2015, as part of the group exhibition Follow, open to visitors until 21 February 2016.
Text Felix Petty
Photography Brian Slater