Shia LaBeouf Relocates Performance Art Project To Liverpool
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 24, 2017,
Mar 24, 2017, 12:33
Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, and Luke Turner have moved their He Will Not Divide Us art project to Liverpool, England, where it is now hosted by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Prior to that location, it was stationed at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, but it was shut down for creating "an ongoing public safety hazard", according to the museum.
The installation originally was conceived in New York City as a four-year installation against Donald Trump's presidency. Passersby were encouraged to stop before the camera and participate by repeating the words "He will not divide us". The stream was meant to be up for the duration of President Donald Trump's term in office, and ended up being broadcast to over five million viewers in its first month. The Museum of the Moving Image subsequently chose to remove the art project, explaining that the site had "become a flashpoint for violence".
However, LaBeouf was later arrested and charged over an alleged assault of a man at the installation.
On 10 February, the museum apparently removed the camera live-streaming the flag without the artists' consent.
The live-stream of the flag had been planned to be continually broadcast at hewillnotdivide.us for four years, or the duration of Donald Trump's presidency, but the stream is now inactive and FACT Liverpool has just tweeted the below stating the installation has been removed due to "dangerous, illegal trespassing". The installation has been adopted by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology after being in both NY and Albuquerque.
"Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist", LaBeouf, Turner and Rönkkö said in a statement about the project's recent relocation.
LaBeouf and his partners then relocated the project to the outside of a theater in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, but that location was also abandoned after reports of gunshots in the area.