Shia LaBoeuf has shown us what it’s like to watch him watching Transformers 3. In December he allowed fans to call him in Liverpool. On many other occasions, he’s proven that he’s just a bit of a genius. So it was intriguing to see that, 11 days ago on May 9, the actor and performance artist started tweeting daily sets of coordinates to random locations surrounding the city of Denver, in Colorado.
Shia’s performance art partners, Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner, who have been involved in many of his other recent experiments, are retweeting the coordinates, so judging by their involvement, this is their latest mysterious performance piece. But what is he trying to tell us? Here are three options:
1. It’s a treasure hunt
Some fans have been down to the places Shia has been pointing towards. This guy took a video of the experience, but ultimately came up with nothing – and Luke Turner, one of the artists involved, retweeted him. Was he just impressed, or was he confirming that this is the point of the tweets – to encourage exploration?
2. He’s drawing something
At first it looked like he was trying to draw something, dot-to-dot style – and he might be – so we started connecting the lines between the points to try and see if there was a pattern. Here’s what it looks like so far:
At the moment it looks a bit like a hummingbird. No leads there.
3. He’s spelling something
Then we – and several people on Twitter – started looking at the terrain of the areas Shia was pointing us towards, and this actually seems to be the solution to the puzzle. On each set of coordinates, the roads or tracks on the landscape look like letters, and so far the letters have spelt out TAKEMEANYWH.
Take Me Anywhere: it’s also the name of a film by Shia’s collaborator Nastja Rönkkö, in which she allows a horse to take her anywhere while she wears a blindfold
Why is it all in Colorado? Well, Shia’s making an appearance this weekend at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, in Colorado, so he’s probably just building buzz for that. But what’s he going to do there? Make everyone put blindfolds on and ride horses? We’ll keep you updated.