Shia LaBeouf has transformed (LOL, DYSWWDT?) the art world with his performance pieces, and if you’ve ever wanted to take part in one, tonight might be your chance – if you happen to be in Sydney, that is, and don’t mind waiting in a queue with other sweaty Shia enthusiasts for hours at a time.
As part of BingeFest, their 24-hour festival celebrating pop culture and the internet, the Sydney Opera House are presenting #ANDINTHEEND, a collaborative work between Shia LaBeouf and fellow artists Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, taking place over two successive nights, starting tonight.
So what the hell is this all about? Per the event description:
From midnight tonight, visitors are invited into the Joan Sutherland Theatre, one by one, to participate by delivering a message or statement to the trio inside. The sole requirement is that each participant’s message should begin with the words: “AND IN THE END…” Visitors are free to interpret this request in any way they see fit.
Once communicated to the artists, visitor’s messages will be relayed to the world during a continuous broadcast, live-streamed online at andintheend.sydneyoperahouse.com. At the same time, their words will be beamed out across a 60-metre-long LED display at Sydney Opera House.
Performance dates are December 17 (11:59pm-6am) and December 18 (10pm-6am) at the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Entry is free but not guaranteed, and the Opera House have stressed that it is a first-in, best-dressed situation.
The organisers have also said that Aaudience members will be allowed to queue beneath the Sydney Opera House Monumental Stairs from 10pm on Saturday 17 December and 8pm on Sunday 18 December.
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2016
The artists released a statement about the work … whether or not you choose to read it in the voice of Optimus Prime is your call, I guess:
As 2016 draws to a close, we are all too aware of the pervasive sense of foreboding that has come to define the year.
Wars have raged, demagogues have risen, cultural heroes have departed, environmental catastrophe looms, while the voices of the people have been continually manipulated and polarised. Hope for the future seems more distant than ever.
And yet, we still yearn for some greater truth, for the utopias of our distant horizons expressed through art.
Don’t miss out.
Source: Sydney Opera House.
Photo: Jason LaVeris / Getty.