Credit: Courtesy of LaBeouf, Ronkko & Turner
A new participatory performance artwork created by Shia LaBeouf, UK artist and author of The Metamodernist Manifesto, Luke Turner, and Finnish artist, Nastja Säde Rönkkö is one of the highlights from the lineup for Bingefest 2016, the first new festival in five years from the Sydney Opera House.
A celebration of popular culture in all its manifold and addictive forms, Bingefest will draw on the dynamic worlds of storytelling, performance art, dance, journalism, video games over 24-hours at the iconic Sydney cultural institution, which will play host to events as diverse as a discussion of binge-worthy journalism with the executive producer of Serial to a live recording of Community creator Dan Harmon’s comedy podcast, Harmontown.
For many though, the big drawcard will undoubtedly be the experience of engaging in a piece of performance art alongside LaBeouf et al, whose career as a performance artist began in collaboration with Turner and Rönkkö when he first appeared on the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2014 wearing a paper bag over his head emblazoned with the now iconic slogan, ‘I Am Not Famous Anymore’.
In the intervening years, the trio have collaborated on more than a dozen projects with an emphasis on social interaction, social media and forging unlikely human connections, including a live stream of LaBeouf watching his filmography over three days in a New York cinema, and most recently, a crowdsourced road trip across America using a route solicited from audience participation over Twitter. Further details about this performance will be announced closer to the festival date. The event will be free to attend.
Bingefest will take place over the weekend of December 17 2016. Tickets for the festival start from $20 and will go on sale to the public from Friday October 14. You can find more information here.
Tile image: Vivi Fragou, supplied courtesy of the Sydney Opera House
Cover image: Abazar Khayami, supplied courtesy of the Sydney Opera House