LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner
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 at www.hewillnotdivide.us 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.
Shia LaBeouf (b. Los Angeles, USA), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (b. Helsinki, Finland), and Luke Turner (b. Manchester, UK) make art together as LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner . Their practice explores connection, collaboration and creation across the networks. Past projects and performances include #ALLMYMOVIES (NewHive / Angelika Film Center, New York, 2015), #TOUCHMYSOUL (FACT, Liverpool, 2015), #TAKEMEANYWHERE (BMoCA / The Finnish Institute in London, 2016), and most recently #ANDINTHEEND (Sydney Opera House, 2016).
Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of film, television, and digital media by presenting exhibitions, education programs, and screenings and events, and by collecting and preserving moving-image related artifacts.