Back in December, young master of meta Shia LaBeouf unveiled the LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner collaboration #TOUCHMYSOUL in Liverpool to the immediate interactions of thousands. The project, in which LaBeouf and his collaborators invited anyone around the globe to simply give them a call and touch a soul or two, was livestreamed during its four-day residency by more than 270,000 people. As shown in Carl Davies' new documentary about #TOUCHMYSOUL's mini-marathon of emotional encounters, the 1,089 (exactly!) people who managed to get through to LaBeouf and company certainly had some soul-to-soul discussions.
"The more we do this, the less fear I have about the public," LaBeouf said in a recent interview with the Guardian, specifically referencing one of the trio's previous collaborations, the face-to-face experience of 2014's #IAMSORRY. Similarly, the general unpredictability of these interactions is what drives the fascination behind #TOUCHMYSOUL, though somehow in a far more revealing context. Say what you want about the current state of human communication, but there is definitely something acutely terrifying—and kind of, like, really hard—about talking to someone on the phone.
To memorialize the realness, Shia got a tattoo of the phrase "You Now Wow," first heard during the #TOUCHMYSOUL sessions. Those sessions, some of which are included in the 10-minute doc, were reportedly witnessed by just over 3,000 people inside the FACT gallery. If Shia's recent Twitter activity is any indication (it usually is), then the trio—which also includes artists Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö—is likely set to unveils its next collaboration very soon:
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