In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that was launched in 2011 at the Galway Arts Festival (IRL). The exterior is iconically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side. The interior acts much like a photo booth, but serves to compile 2 minute long video responses from the public. Once seated inside they will then be invited to record their opinions and thoughts as they finish the statement: “The truth is…”. Throughout this long-term project the video footage will be compiled and edited into a video artwork. To expand and engage with audiences, the movements of TheTruth Booth and sample responses will be tracked, edited, discussed and categorised on this website.

The booth will continue to travel to well-known arts festivals, city locations, rural fairs, and the odd stop in between, as it did throughout Ireland from July ā€“ September 2011. It was able to capture the diversity of viewpoints and of people in Ireland at a time of change and uncertainty. Now that the tour is completed in Ireland, The Truth Booth will travel internationally.

Commissioned by the Arts Council of Ireland and the SF Foundation, the Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, and Hank Willis Thomas have created the project collaboratively. The artists are based in San Francisco, Dublin and Paris respectively. Much of their previous work has dealt with ways in which media images inform the way people perceive themselves and others globally. They have became increasingly interested in finding ways to use installation, video and public art as a medium for innovative cross-cultural communication. This project initiates that conversation as the artists use their collective skills and knowledge to develop this new and experimental public engagement piece.

The Cause Collective is a team of artists, designers and ethnographers creating innovative art in the public realm. Their projects explore and enliven public spaces by creating a dynamic conversation between issues, sites and the public audience. By exploring ideas that affect and shape society, they seek to add the ‘public’ back into public space and art.

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