Shia LaBeouf Launches a Four-Year Stream Against Trump
The camera is installed on the wall of the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC. It is on 24/7 and broadcasts the footage to the website. The passersby are offered to approach the camera and say “He will not divide us’ as many times as they like. The authors of the project think that a mantra like this will show the spirit of resistance and opposition. The camera will stay on for the next four years or as long as Donald Trump remains the US President.
The website has both the stream and the archived footage. Jaden Smith was the first person on the stream. For five and a half hours he stood there, repeating the phrase ‘He will not divide us’. Later, some passersby joined him, and about 50 people gathered around the camera: some of them were singing the same phrase, some were dancing.
While this piece was written, at least six people approached the camera: a young woman expressed her attitude to Trump’s presidency and finished her speech with the phrase ‘He will not divide us’, a young man from Canada repeated the same phrase for several minutes, after that started arguing with Trump supporter, a maintenance worker shouted ‘He will not divide me’, a woman on the walk with her dog took a selfie, and two friends stopped to look at themselves in a stream on their smartphones.
LaBeouf launched this project together with artists Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner. Together, they have a group called LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner that organizes all projects and performances where LaBeouf took part.