So the last time I wrote about Shia LaBeouf, he was being arrested at his art piece at The Museum of the Moving Image.
At the time, I was surprised that anybody involved in the piece thought that planning to continue it for 4 years was reasonable time frame… and wasn’t sure it would work out as intended…
but to be frank again, I see this as a continuing problem if it really is going to last 4 years.
It’s either going to become an increasingly polarizing bit of art or it’ll quietly die… I do know which will happen but you know how it is…
Well… all things come and go… and it is apparently time for Shia LaBeouf’s piece to go.
The Museum of the Moving Image has closed HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, a participatory Internet streaming performance by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses. The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent. While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested on the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action. Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests, such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How regrettable though… an art piece meant to show solidarity ended up being a catalyst for certain people to move even further apart from each other.
He will not divide us, divided some.
My question is did it bring any of us closer together?
I’m not so sure… it certainly wasn’t lost on people that extremists, a small fraction of our society, ended up suppressing people’s speech. It’s almost like a case study on how violent manipulators can bully people into doing as they please. But it certainly didn’t reach the scale needed to actually bring more moderate people together.