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Shia LaBeouf is hitchhiking rides from Twitter followers for his latest art project


Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner are harnessing the power of social media for a postmodern road trip in the name of art. From 23 May — 23 June the collective are hitchhiking, starting in Boulder, Colorado, and inviting the public to pick them up and take them anywhere the driver chooses. Each day the collective will tweet their coordinates using the hashtag #TAKEMEANYWHERE and wait for a ride. They will chart and document their journey in real time online.

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s public solicitation, #TAKEMEANYWHERE, aims to examine the nature of human decency, naivety and iniquity on social media, in response to the central theme of MediaLive 2016: Corruption. Making use of the virtual world to dictate their journey through the physical world, across and around the country, their hope is to uncover truths of human interaction in the digital age.

The art collective has become famous over the years, not simply for their subversive slant on stardom, but for their divisive yet ever more ambitious projects ranging from 2014s controversial gallery performance exhibit, #IAMSORRY, to last year’s marathon film viewing performance project #ALLMYMOVIES and the equally marathon three-day phone hotline project #TOUCHMYSOUL, both exploring in novel detail the nature of human connection, cooperation and communication across new media.

This commission by The Finnish Institute in London and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, is partnered with Vice media whose website will host the real time portal tracking their every movement and adventure

#TAKEMEANYWHERE will also have a physical presence in London, where the Finnish Institute in London has installed a viewing room.