I’ve read five or six different journalists/bloggers experience with this. They all ask the same questions, is it real? What is it? What is he doing? But they all left feeling something. I find it interesting, I don’t think its lame or dumb. Art is subjective. If he failed as an artist, these people would have left with no questions and no thoughts. My take is that, I think it all boils down to identity, most art does. What is Shia LaBeouf doing? Who is he? What is he trying to leave behind?
He’s grown up in a world I’ve never known. As far as his plagiarism, lack of originality, I’m not sure. I imagine that it would be hard to find ones identity growing up pretending you’re other people and having an audience that creates its own idea of who you are, when really they have no idea.
We’re all products of our environments, we take what we want from our experiences, and get stuck with what we don’t want, those things create who we are. I’m not saying LaBeouf is asking us to feel sorry for him, I think hes just creating an experience for himself and for others.
I can walk away from a piece of art or exhibit and say “Well…that happened” and then if I think afterwards, “I kinda hated that” or “What was that?”, then I have, in fact, had an experience. If ones happening with a piece of art is “doubt”, if you’re suspect to whether what you witnessed is art. Then the answer is yes, it is art.
Leverage and gravity. After all it was Archimedes who is quoted, “give me a lever large enough and I can move the Earth.”
For the pyramids there are many theories, most of them bad. But one really good one was that they used a system of internal ramps to move stone. This was discovered in the 80’s when a French team did a gravimetric survey of the Great Pyramid looking for hidden chambers.
When the pyramid grew tall enough they could have created a system of weights and counterweights to move stones up the pyramid. Place the stone on one end, then place slighty more weight on the other such as buckets of gravel, and gravity will do the rest. Kind of like a freight elevator.
There is a video of a Michigan man who single handily erected a 19,000lb rectangular stone in his backyard using only primitive tools and a similar concept of weights and counterweights.
Unlike what many think, the Pyramids were not just a marvel of engineering that appeared overnight, but a logical progression of trial and error which resulted in a learning curve. The first pyramids were small step affairs like this.
Over time the Egyptians attempted to make a true pyramid. The first attempt resulted a pyramid that collapsed halfway through construction, and one where they built it too steep and halfway through construction had to rethink what they were doing.
One of the aspects of the Great Pyramid that seems to awe people is that it is so big and the stones are so massive. People imagine Egyptian workers hefting stones hundreds of tons in weight up steep ramps. However the largest stone in the Great Pyramid is eighty tons, and most of the stones are around 2 tons.
The largest stone ever moved by mankind was the “Thunder Stone” which makes up the pedestal for the Peter the Great monument in St. Petersburg.
Weighing in at 1500 tons, the Thunder Stone was moved 4 miles in 1768. We know for a fact that aliens were not used in the moving or building process. Just a couple of capstan pulleys, a sledge, and 200 hardy Russians who drank vodka for breakfast and wrestled bears as a pastime.