Jewish actor Shia Lebeouf has moved his camera and sign from New York City to heavily Hispanic Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mexican Trump haters will now have a chance to be live streamed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the next four years.
That’s assuming muh barrio dwellers don’t steal the camera to sell for some pesos to buy a low rider. The background in the camera shot shows a typical devastated urban scene in America today–an empty parking lot when a building used to be, concrete everywhere, trashy people with that Zombie look about them. It’s not much of a Trump protest, really. Only a loon like Lebeouf would think so.
HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US is a participatory performance artwork by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner.
Commencing at 9am on January 20, 2017, the day of the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the public is invited to deliver the words “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” into a camera mounted on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image, New York, repeating the phrase as many times, and for as long as they wish.
Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency. In this way, the mantra “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.
On February 10, 2017, the Museum of the Moving Image abandoned the project.
On February 18, 2017, the project relocated to a wall outside the El Rey Theater, Albuquerque.
Since the project offers a livestream video, who knows what you will see. I saw a small group of nutty Mexicans jumping around screaming, “He will not divide us.” They looked high on dope.
Lebeouf was arrested for attacking a man at the installation in New York City last month.
People calls this stupidity art. It’s art like graffiti is art. It’s art like taking a dump in the middle of the street is art, if you’re a feminist claiming it’s art.
“On February 10, 2017, The Museum of the Moving Image abandoned HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US. Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning,” the artists said in a joint statement on LaBeouf’s website. “From the outset, the museum failed to address our concerns about the misleading framing of our piece as a political rally, rather than as a participatory performance artwork resisting the normalization of division.
“In fact, the museum demonstrated a spectacular lack of judgement—and courtesy to us as artists—by neglecting to consult us when they staged a political rally at the site of our artwork on January 29, 2017.
“On numerous occasions, we voiced serious concerns to the museum about hate speech occurring at the site of our project, and requested that the museum act responsibly in moderating this and providing the public a means of reporting such incidents. Our requests were not even acknowledged, let alone acted upon.
“Nonetheless, there had been no incidents of physical violence at the site of our project that we are aware of, nor that we had been informed of at any stage by the museum.
“It is our understanding that the museum bowed to political pressure in ceasing their involvement with our project. We were only informed of the museum’s capitulation in an email from their attorney, Brendan O’Rourke — a lawyer who we note also represents the current president.
“It is clear, therefore, that the Museum of the Moving Image is not fit to speak of our intent as artists.”
(An intellectual property lawyer named Brendan J. O’Rourke says on his website that he has successfully led ICANN proceedings for a number of celebrities, including Trump, in the past but is is unclear if he still represents the president or if it is the same lawyer who works with the Museum of Moving Image.)
The American Honey actor made headlines in January when LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner launched a four-year art project that featured a livestream outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, where people were encouraged to face the camera to state “he will not divide us.”
Shia Lebeouf followers meltdown in the video below. “Reeeeeeeeeeeeeee. SHUT THE FUCK UP.”
This is America today. Mental cases are everywhere, triggered by dope and the Donald.