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Actor Shia LeBeouf, left, stands in front of a live-steam camera with the words "HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US" posted on a wall outside of the the Museum of the Moving Image as members of the public join LeBeouf in chanting the words "He will Not Divide Us" in the Queens borough of New York. LaBeouf has spent the first four days of the Trump presidency swaying, dancing and chanting, along with anyone who wants to join in. The project by LeBeouf and two other artists opened on Jan. 20 and is expected to go for 4 years, or for "the duration of the presidency." (AP Photo/Deepti Hajela)

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream project was relocated from NYC to New Mexico


Actor Shia LaBeouf started an anti-Trump livestream on Inauguration Day, calling the piece "HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US." But it was shut down last week after being dubbed a "flashpoint for violence."

On Saturday, the project has relaunched in New Mexico. The project consists of a constantly live-streaming camera on an exterior wall. It was previously outside the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and is now on outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque. You can watch the live stream here.

On Saturday, LaBeouf and collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner issued a joint statement criticizing the Museum of the Moving Image.

"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," the statement read.

The artists said the museum did not consult with the artists when it scheduled a political rally on January 29 near the artwork.

The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard.
Museum of the Moving Image statement

LaBeouf was arrested outside the exhibit after a fight broke out. Witnesses later said he was provoked by neo-Nazis, including one who told LaBeouf, "Hitler did nothing wrong." Others in the crowd chanted "Pepe," the name of the frog meme that has been co-opted as an alt-right symbol. Another chanted "1488," a neo-Nazi slogan. But in the statement, the artists said they weren't aware of any fights.

One snippet of the livestream showed LaBeouf getting visibly angry.

Here's LaBeouf's announcement tweet.

Earlier this month, he tweeted, "THE MUSEUM HAS ABANDONED US."

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