In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)
Exhibition Dates: November 19, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Dates subject to change.
Cranbrook Art Museum was recently awarded a $60,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, to create a Detroit tour of the public art installation In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth). The ambitious public program will also result in a new presentation at the Museum in the fall of 2016.
The Truth Booth is a portable, inflatable video recording studio in the shape of a giant speech bubble. Created by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev, Will Sylvester and Jim Ricks, known together as the Cause Collective, its interior is equipped to compile video responses by hundreds of people from diverse cultural backgrounds as they complete the sentence: “The truth is….”
The Detroit tour would take The Truth Booth throughout the city in the summer of 2016, posing this question in the spoken language of each neighborhood. It will create conversation among residents who inhabit the same geographic region, and expand their own understanding of how their city defines what is real, authentic, valuable or true.
The Detroit tour will be an important contribution to the project’s overall global ambitions. To date, The Truth Booth has captured thousands of responses in countries as diverse as South Africa, Ireland, and Afghanistan. It aims to bridge gaps that exist between people separated by distance, language, and cultural barriers.