Shia LaBeouf explains his recent acts of plagiarism as 'performance art'

By Jeffrey Rindskopf,

Following a string of plagiarized apologies for plagiarizing a comic by Daniel Clowes in his short film HowardCantour.com, actor Shia LaBeouf explained his string of erratic behavior as "performance art" in two long tweets that have since been deleted.

According to Time, LaBeouf claimed in two lengthy tweets that #stopcreating, the hashtag he's been using in his plagiarized apologies, is part of a project he created with several other artists.

"Performance art has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture," the actor explained. "All art is either plagarisum [sic] or revolution & to be revolutionary in art today, is to be reactionary. In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted. The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me."

The Huffington Post reports that LaBeouf, who stars in the upcoming film Nymphomaniac, said his plagiarism and erratic Twitter behavior has all been an act, part of some "meta-modernist performance art."

For those not caught up, some of this behavior includes the aforementioned plagiarized apologies, one even in skywriting, several Twitter feuds, and announcing his retirement from public life. This was all part of his #stopcreating project apparently.

LaBeouf reportedly came up with this "performance art" with the help of “Meta-Modernist” Luke Turner, screenwriter of Training Day David Ayer, and the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate Kenneth Goldsmith.

The tweets have since been deleted and replaced with a much shorter tweet, stating simply "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE."

image: Wikimedia Commons



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