#HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS Screenshot of web: http://hewillnotdivide.us/


#HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS 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. LABEOUF, RÖNKKÖ & TURNER #THECAMPAIGNBOOK Obtained from web: http://hewillnotdivide.us/


STATEMENT February 18, 2017 On February 10, 2017, The Museum of the Moving Image abandoned HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US. Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning. From the outset, the museum failed to address our concerns about the misleading framing of our piece as a political rally, rather than as a participatory performance artwork resisting the normalisation of division. In fact, the museum demonstrated a spectacular lack of judgement—and courtesy to us as artists—by neglecting to consult us when they staged a political rally at the site of our artwork on January 29, 2017. On numerous occasions, we voiced serious concerns to the museum about hate speech occurring at the site of our project, and requested that the museum act responsibly in moderating this and providing the public a means of reporting such incidents. Our requests were not even acknowledged, let alone acted upon. Nonetheless, there had been no incidents of physical violence at the site of our project that we are aware of, nor that we had been informed of at any stage by the museum. It is our understanding that the museum bowed to political pressure in ceasing their involvement with our project. We were only informed of the museum's capitulation in an email from their attorney, Brendan O'Rourke—a lawyer who we note also represents the current president. It is clear, therefore, that the Museum of the Moving Image is not fit to speak of our intent as artists. As of February 18, 2017, we are proud to be continuing #HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS at the El Rey Theater, Albuquerque. LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner NOTES TO EDITORS There is a continued widespread failure to accurately report our projects as artworks by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner in media headlines about our work. As you are no doubt aware, there has been a long tendency of the erasure of artists, particularly of female artists, over the course of art history. Unfortunately, these continuing omissions only perpetuate this erasure, and are as such not only factually inaccurate, but also irresponsible and unethical. We ask that media outlets correctly identify LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner as the artist in their headlines when reporting our work. Obtained from web:http://thecampaignbook.com/statement-feb-18-2017




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