On January 20 — the day Donald Trump took office — #ShiaLaBeouf partnered up with performance artists Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö as well as the Museum of Moving Image in New York City to start and interactive exhibit that quickly made headlines around the world. HeWillNotDivide.Us had a simple premise: A camera would be mounted outside the museum to record a 24/7 livestream that would last for the next four years. People were invited to approach the camera and repeat the mantra "He Will Not Divide Us" as long and as often as they liked.
Unfortunately, after 22 days, a fair bit of shouting, countless pizzas, a seemingly endless stream of hateful neo-Nazi vitriol, a few healthy political discussions, one arrest, and several gunshots, the museum withdrew from the project. HeWillNotDivide.Us relocated briefly to Albuqurque, New Mexico outside the El Rey Theatre, before moving to an unknown location. The artists cited harassment from white supremacists as the reason for the secrecy.
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But now, it seems that HeWillNotDivide.Us has finally found a new home across the pond. The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology adopted the project on March 22. According to the Daily Mail, LaBeouf and his collaborators stated:
"Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist."
The livestream has yet to resume, but one thing's for certain: LaBeouf and his team won't be deterred from keeping their art alive anytime soon.
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