Shia LeBeouf answers 1089 calls for art
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Last year, actor dash artist, Shia LeBeouf set up an art installation at a gallery in Liverpool called, FACT. Alongside his collaborators Luke Turner and Nastja Ronkko, they spent four days answering calls to anyone who called in, all in an attempt to gain awareness of human interaction. After 1000 incoming calls and 3000 live visits later, LeBeouf's latest art installation has been liquidized into a 10 minute documentary. LeBeouf comments on the project "How we can truly connect with another person across the networks, what that feels like, and how we can be moved by such an encounter."
Answering each call with " Can you touch my soul", the artist speaks to a range of different people including one emotional man that led LeBeouf to get a qoute that the caller said 'You Now Wow' which was done by his fellow artist, Nastja. The tattoo was a symbol of the mark of embodiment that human connections can leave between people. The documentary starts with an overview of the project stating 'Visitors were invited into the gallery. They were only able to hear one side of the telephone conversations. This film is a small selection of the 1089 calls taken during the performance' from then on Shia and his two participants are non stop typing on their computers, speaking to strangers and showing raw human emotion.