31.03.2018 | Audiovisual culture

In mid-2016, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner embarked on a month-long project to hitchhike the internet, in an artwork commissioned by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Institute in London. Each day, the trio posted their coordinates online and waited for a ride. Whoever then appeared could take them anywhere they chose. For the duration of the project, their journey could be tracked in real time at take-me-anywhere.net, with their path entirely in the hands of the public.

From today, the film is available for all to view online at vimeo.com/labeoufronkkoturner/takemeanywhere 

Starting in the Rocky Mountains outside Boulder, Colorado, their journey saw them travel over 10,000 miles, zig-zagging coast to coast across the continent, venturing into Canada, before ultimately ending up on the shores of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. 

The film offers a glimpse of the inherent wonder and vulnerability of being tracked 24/7 online, taking in rides from introspective lone travellers, gun-loving libertarians, large Mormon and Navajo families, and breakdowns in the middle of nowhere – all the while forging a closeness through shared experience. 

The film also features music that accompanied the trio along the way, including tracks from Bill Callahan, Lion Babe, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Santigold, and Logan & Lucille.

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner will be in conversation at the UK premiere at the Manchester Film Festival this Friday, 2nd March (see maniff.com for further details).

About LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner

Luke Turner (1982, UK), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (1985, Finland), and Shia LaBeouf (1986, USA) have been making art together since 2014 as LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. Their participatory projects and performances utilise empathy, emotion and social interaction to foster new forms of communality across digital and physical networks. 

Previous works include #ALONETOGETHER, Kiasma, Helsinki (2017); HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, le lieu unique, Nantes (2017); #ANDINTHEEND, Sydney Opera House (2016); #TOUCHMYSOUL, FACT, Liverpool (2015); #ALLMYMOVIES, New York (2015); and #IAMSORRY, Los Angeles (2014).


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