LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner launched their latest interactive performance on Wednesday from the Kiasma contemporary art museum in Finland. #ALONETOGETHER, part of the ARS17 exhibition, will see collaborators Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, and Luke Turner spend a month in individual cabins tucked away in "isolated areas" of Lapland:
"#ALONETOGETHER weaves a virtual link between Kiasma's visitors and the artists," a statement from the artists explains. "From 12 April 2017, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner will spend a month in three remote cabins somewhere in Lapland, entirely cut off from other people." According to Dazed, the artists will not have access to their phones or computers. A video link to a separate cabin installed inside the museum is the artists' only way of communicating with the rest of the world for the duration of their stay. Text interaction will occur only with exhibition visitors, not each other.
The trio told Dazed ahead of #ALONETOGETHER’s launch that the performance is meant as an "antidote to being constantly connected." #ALONETOGETHER, the artists added, is a "reaction" to the digital revolution’s impact on the world around us. After all, if we are always connected, are we ever really alone?
LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner's most recent project, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, launched at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on the day of Trump's inauguration. In February, the participatory piece—designed to run the duration of the presidency—was relocated to the El Rey Theater in New Mexico after the Museum of the Moving Image abandoned it. The performance was later tweaked to include a white HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US flag, first displayed from a secret location in the U.S. before sabotage forced another move to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in England. As of April, the HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US livestream was not in progress.