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Shia LaBeouf “He Will Not Divide Us” Live Stream Relaunched At El Rey Theater

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He Will Not Divide Us Live Stream

By Shari Weiss |

He Will Not Divide Us Live Stream

(Shia LaBeouf/Twitter)

Shia LaBeouf has relaunched his “He Will Not Divide Us” live stream in New Mexico, one week after the New York-based protest was shut down.

As Gossip Cop reported, LaBeouf started the open exhibit with artists Ronkko & Turner as a way to protest Donald Trump’s divisive presidency. Located at the Museum of the Moving Image, the “participatory performance artwork” consisted of a camera affixed outside the building to capture anyone who wished to say “he will not divide us.” They intended for the installation to last for four years, the presumed duration of Trump’s presidency.

But last week, the protest was shut down by the museum, which claimed it had become a “safety hazard” after several skirmishes broke out, including one that led to LaBeouf’s arrest. Now, however, the project has resumed at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque. And in, a statement announcing the move, the partners object to the previous comments made by the Museum of the Moving Image. It reads:

“On February 10, 2017, The Museum of the Moving Image abandoned HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US. Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning.

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 normalisation 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.

As of February 18, 2017, we are proud to be continuing HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US at the El Rey Theater, Albuquerque.”

In an additional note, LaBeouf, along with Ronkko & Turner, take issue with coverage of their efforts focusing primarily on the actor, instead of all three of them. They say, “There is a continued widespread failure to accurately report our projects as artworks by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner in media headlines about our work. As you are no doubt aware, there has been a long tendency of the erasure of artists, particularly of female artists, over the course of art history.”

The trio continue, “Unfortunately, these continuing omissions only perpetuate this erasure, and are as such not only factually inaccurate, but also irresponsible and unethical. We ask that media outlets correctly identify LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner as the artist in their headlines when reporting our work.”

LaBeouf shared the above photo on Twitter to announce the relaunch of the live stream. As of this posting, a sizeable crowd has gathered at the new location. If so inclined, you can watch the feed at hewillnotdivide.us.

 


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