In the long list of strange Shia LaBeouf activity, this one lands pretty low on the docket. But that doesn’t mean that it still isn’t bizarre.
The eccentric actor began a full-day shift in an elevator at Oxford University at 4 a.m. ET Friday (9 a.m. in the U.K.), joined by his two friends Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner, both local artists.
Called “#ELEVATE,” LaBeouf says it’s an “arts performance,” and he expects students who join him inside the elevator to give a “performance of monologues.”
The whole event is livestreaming on YouTube for 24 hours:
LaBeouf, 29, will leave the elevator in the evening (U.K. time) to give a lecture to students at the Oxford Union before returning.
Speaking to students in the elevator, LaBeouf claimed he was invited by the president of the union after the actor set up his own personal call centre in Liverpool, which people could call to ask him questions.
“Stuart the president said, ‘Do you want to stand in the same spot as Malcolm X?'” said LaBeouf. “Who am I to argue with that?”
“I know it seems cheesy on paper,” LaBeouf said of the idea. “But it’s only as difficult as the people who come in.”
LaBeouf has been involved in a number of out-there art projects in the past few years; one of his last installations was the livestream of himself watching his own movies for three days straight.