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Shia LaBeouf takes performance art to Australia

Shia Labeouf will take his performance art to Australia as part of a festival dedicated to pop culture.

Over two days in December (16), the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, will be home to Bingefest, a two-day festival designed to celebrate pop culture. LaBeouf will present a new participatory performance artwork, alongside Luke Turner, the author of The Metamodernist Manifesto, and Finnish artist Nastja Sade Ronkko. The trio previously worked together on the communal three-day screening of all of Shia's movies.


The Transformers star has previously dabbled in the art world with a number of bizarre stunts, including walking the red carpet at a film festival with a paper bag over his head, sitting silently in a room with fans as part of an art installation, and streaming his heartbeat live on the Internet during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas last March (15).


The content of LaBeouf's work is yet to be announced, but the actor will join a lineup which includes cat videos from the Internet being broadcast in the Opera House forecourt, a talk on binge-worthy journalism from Julie Snyder of popular podcast Serial, and an improv-comedy show from Dan Harmon, the creator of TV show Community.


"The Opera House is about exploring and reflecting the culture around us as its morphs and evolves," explained Bingefest founder and curator, Danielle Harvey, in a statement. "Television, podcasts, gaming and the internet at large create an artistic frame through which we view the world. BINGEFEST is the culmination of all of these wonderful moments."


Bingefest will take place at the Sydney Opera House on 17 and 18 December (16).