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Art Attack: artistic responses to the Trump presidency #1

HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, 2017-

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner

HWNDU.jpg

Starting at 09.00 on the day of the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, a live stream from a camera mounted outside the Museum of the Moving Image, New York was set up encouraging people – anyone – to chant ‘HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US’ as a statement of “resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism”.

Beyond the intended political message, it’s a fascinating opportunity to observe the many ways people deal with a large-scale affront to their principles and world view, and the human – and often mundane – stories behind it all.

I spent about twenty minutes watching the pair captured above, during which alongside a conversation about their views, a mini-narrative played out of the man’s girlfriend (off-screen) attempting to convince him to leave because it was so cold, and whether or not they should call an Uber.  Friends who’d retreated to Dunkin’ Donuts then returned and relieved them of their duties, and proceeded to play a recording of a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt with strategically replace lyrics (“Trump will make me hurt”).

It’s already sounding like a decent alternative to Netflix.  You can view the live stream here.

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