How very John Waters of you, Shia LaBeouf (no disrespect to John Waters, of course). The last time former Disney kid and current master artiste Shia LaBeouf did something ~artsy~, he was riding an elevator with a rotating collection of strangers for 24 hours. Now he’s taking the concept of being stuck in a cramped people-mover with Shia LaBeouf on the road.
Vice says that Shia and his frequent art project pals, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, embarked on a 30 day outdoor art thing called #TAKEMEANYWHERE for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual MediaLive event yesterday in Colorado. For 30 days, Shia and his friends will tweet GPS coordinates with the hope that someone will pick their asses up and drive them around. “Yo dude, that’s me every day” said about 90% of Colorado stoners.
According to Shia, #TAKEMEANYWHERE is about “making friends“, and adds that hitchhiking is “the ultimate collab.” Shia, Nasty, and Luke don’t get to choose where they’ll go, which means they’re at the directional mercy of whoever picks them up. They started in Colorado, but as of three hours ago, Shia and the gang were 5 miles north of the border in Wyoming.
Shia and friends didn’t bring a camera crew with them, but luckily some of their drivers have helped to document their experience. Yesterday, three bros found Shia and took him out for lunch (Shia’s appearance happens at the 0:40 mark).
I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer here, but being taken out for lunch by a bunch of strangers seems like the best-case scenario. Like, I’m pretty sure if you took a night school class on hitchhiking, the instructor would begin by warning you that a free sandwich is pretty low on the list of things you’ll get as a result of getting into a car with a stranger. A person driving away from you with all your possessions inside, sure. Although it’s got to be equally risky decision for the people picking him up too. Like, you’re stuck in a car in the middle of no where with Shia LaBeouf. The best case scenario of which is that he doesn’t go full Art Shia on you.