Shia LaBeouf says strange behavior part of 'performance art'

By Marie Blake,

Shia LaBeouf explained on Twitter that his recent behavior was all just performance art.

TheWrap reports that LaBeouf explained his recent plagiarizing and strange behavior was a form of performance art.

#stopcreating was a project created by Labeouf, with the help of modernist Luke Turner, screenwriter David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch), and poet Kenneth Goldsmith.

LaBeouf went to Twitter to explain performance art in two long posts, which have since been deleted.

"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," LaBeouf wrote in his first post, entitled "Twitter as Art."

"My twitter '@thecampaignbook' is meta-modernist performance art. A Performative [sic] redress which is all a public apology really is," he continued.

His second post listed definitions of Performance a#RT (art).

The New York Daily News reports that in regards to LaBeouf's recent plagiarism reports, he explained that it was all meant to start discussion about plagiarism is the digital age.

"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," LaBeouf wrote.

In 2009, actor Joaquin Phoenix also participated in performance art when he did a mockumentary by Casey Affleck entitled I'm Still Here,, in which he led people to believe that he was quitting acting in order to pursue a career in rap. He stayed in character throughout the year, until the film was released in 2010.

Since LaBeouf deleted both Twitter posts, it is unclear why he posted them in the first place. Perhaps it was to keep people talking and wondering what he will do next.

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