2018 Seeing The Bigger Picture Award: LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner
Seeing The Bigger Picture Award for 2018, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner
Special live, in-person award given to the filmmakers, followed by the screening of #TAKEMEANYWHERE, and then a Q&A.
AmDocs is proud to be sharing our highest award for 2018, Seeing The Bigger Picture, with filmmakers LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. Previous winners include Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Berlinger and Jamie Redford.
During AmDocs, the terrific trio will screen their new work
#TAKEMEANYWHERE (Program 12: Saturday, April 7, 4:30 p.m. Camelot Theatres)
LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner
Shia LaBeouf (USA), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Finland), and Luke Turner (UK) have been making art together since 2014. Their work has seen them craft numerous highly-publicized participatory projects, utilizing emotion and social interaction as raw material to foster new forms of communality across digital and physical domains. The trio’s public visibility, and their deployment of internet and meme culture, has allowed them to engage with an audience of unprecedented scale.
Their practice and philosophy is rooted in a new breed of sincerity that has surfaced in contemporary culture in recent years. Reflective of the broader cultural shift towards metamodernism, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s work centres around empathy and engagement as a response to the outmoded ironic detachment of postmodern art, in the wake of the global crises of our times.
Turner first gained recognition for his pioneering work on the web in the late ‘90s, and he went on to publish the influential Metamodernist Manifesto in 2011. Rönkkö began her studies at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, before meeting Turner in 2006 at London’s Central Saint Martins, and the two started working together shortly thereafter.
LaBeouf started his acting career at an early age with the Disney series Even Stevens (2000-2003), and soon rose to prominence with leading roles in films such as Transformers (2007), Nymphomaniac (2013), American Honey (2016) and Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018). LaBeouf was inspired to reach out to Turner in early-2014 after reading his manifesto, and from there was introduced to Rönkkö, and the trio’s collaborative art practice was born.
For LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, radical openness and vulnerability is a political gesture, which they have employed with projects such as #TOUCHMYSOUL, where they fielded emotional telephone calls from strangers in front of a live gallery audience; #ALLMYMOVIES, in which they staged a marathon 3-day communal screening of LaBeouf’s complete filmography, broadcasting a livestream of LaBeouf’s face throughout; and #ALONETOGETHER, which saw the trio isolated in the wilderness of Lapland for a month, with their only form of human connection being via a link to a cabin inside the Kiasma museum in Helsinki.
Their ongoing durational work HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, created as a response to today’s divisive political and social climate, stands as a testament to both the struggles of our age, and the resilience of art and community, continuing to endure as a beacon of hope and resistance amidst repeated attacks from extremist groups.
#TAKEMEANYWHERE is arguably the most expansive yet intimate work LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner have undertaken, and saw them journey over 10,000 miles across North America over the course of a month, posting their coordinates online each day and inviting members of the public to pick them up and take them anywhere they chose. The accompanying film, shown here, glimpses the sublime nature of these encounters, at once epic and quotidian, embodying the trio’s faith in the spirit of the networks.