Actor Shia LaBeouf (and occasional artist — yep, still) has created a new interactive performance, which asks passersby at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York to stand in front of a camera (available 24/7) and say, “He will not divide us.” The installation was launched the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president. Participants will be live-streamed for the duration of the project, which is four years — or the length of Trump’s presidency. Time will tell if LaBeouf has plans to occupy the stream with any regularity — like that time he lived in an elevator at Oxford University for 24 hours or watched his own films for three days. But, hey, Jaden Smith already stopped by. Keep an eye on the stream on the project’s official website, which includes the below statement.
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.