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This is what happened when Shia LaBeouf was in Liverpool…

8 years ago

By The Guide Liverpool

This is what happened when Shia LaBeouf was in Liverpool…

In December last year Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf took part in an exhibition at FACT in Liverpool, and took over 1089 phone calls from which he invited people to ‘touch his soul’.

A documentary has now been put together showcasing the event and we think you will agree it is pretty incredible. One caller spoke to Shia about her disabled son and the call really will touch your soul too.

#TOUCHMYSOUL by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. Part of Follow at FACT, 2015. Photo by Brian Slater (8)

The project #TOUCHMYSOUL by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner took place at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool from 10 to 13 December 2015, as part of the group exhibition Follow, open to visitors until 21 February 2016 (admission free).

Over the four days, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner invited the public to pick up the telephone and touch their soul on +44 (0)151 808 0771 during gallery opening hours, while being sat in FACT’s Gallery one which was open for visitors. The performance culminated in Rönkkö tattooing the words “You. Now. Wow.” onto LaBeouf’s arm – a quote taken from one of the calls, fittingly embodying the indelible marks of connection and community that were made over the four days of the project.

During the performance, 3129 people visited the Gallery, while 271,672 watched it via Livestream. 1089 people managed to get through to the collective via the phone.

At FACT, visitors have the opportunity to hear a selection of the phone calls taken from the four-day long performance, and listen to the moment callers from all over the world who tried to form a connection to the collective. For those unable to visit FACT before the exhibition closes this Sunday, or who may want to reminisce about the performance, a short film has now been made available including recordings of phone calls and video footage.

Is your call one of those featured in the film?

#TOUCHMYSOUL by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. Part of Follow at FACT, 2015. Image captured via livestream

This film was commissioned by Canvas to document #TOUCHMYSOUL, a new work by LaBeouf, Ronkko & Turner commissioned by FACT with support from Canvas.
The exhibition Follow took place at FACT, Liverpool December 11th 2015- February 21st 2016.
Filmmaker: Carl Davies.
Additional camera: Mike Donaghy.
Camera assistant: Phillip MacDonald.
Audio loggers: Lewis Eyles, Sophie Heyes, Johnathan Tyler.
Thanks to: Mark Murphy, David Berger, Jen Chapman, Sinead Nunes, David Siddall, Kerry Moore, Suzanne Allen, Roger McKinley and Susannah Simons.


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