Shia LaBeouf, who has gotten headlines in the past for his controversial performance art pieces, is back with a new project in response to President Trump’s inauguration earlier today. It’s “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US,” a live video stream from outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
The stream’s website, HeWillNotDivide.Us, describes the project:
“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.”
The video will apparently be live streamed continuously, 24 hours a day, for the next four years, or for “the duration of the presidency.” LaBeouf’s art trio, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, explain that the stream should act “a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”
Jaden Smith, who has been tweeting the mantra this week, was there for the start of the stream (and as of writing, still is). He led the small group in front of the camera in chants, coming up with a surprising number of different ways to emphasize the sentence, “he will not divide us.”
It’s a strange thing to listen to people repeat the same phrase over and over, but it’s a little comforting to know that anyone will be able to tune in at any time during the next four years, and hopefully someone will be there with a reminder: he will not divide us.