The Debate Cab

You’ve been invited to give an address at the most prestigious debating society in the world. The catch is, you feel threatened by the geniuses in the room and you have egalitarian leanings. What do you do?

Actor Shia LaBeouf decided to kill these two birds with one elevator. He and fellow artists, Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner, had been invited to address the Oxford Union Society. As part of their hour-long talk, they spent 24 hours in a lift from 9 am on February 19 to 9 am February 20, 2016. Visitors waited for hours to debate and speak with the three artists about anything in the elevator cab. Midway through the performance, the trio gave their talk in the Oxford Union chamber. Coupled with the chamber talk, the cab conversations formed “an extended, expansive and egalitarian Oxford Union address.”

Like everyday elevator passengers, the artists and visitors engaged in small talk. Unlike passengers who get stuck in elevators, they took bathroom breaks and ate pizza.

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