"THE ONE TRUTHINESS" IS A LIVE PERFORMANCE IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE.
A painting in wax on glass is created as the audience reads aloud a text drawn from Facebook, Twitter, neighborhood newsgroups, personal interviews, and the Conversation blog on the project's website.
The participants, in effect, play themselves and each other. Different experiences of similar situations are put into conversation with each other, revealing a range of voices that (like life) don’t always agree. The performance is always paired with a post-show discussion/workshop where participants discuss their experiences, speak with each other, listen, and explore how the show applies to their lives as a community.
The immersive experience helps people let down their guard. The painting allows the audience to visualize these stories overlaid, see a world built in front of their eyes, see it change, and see how one story or person changes the meaning or freedom of another.
Audiences say ...
“It was peaceful yet thoughtful and thought-provoking. I felt a connection with the audience.”
By using stories from the local community, connections are drawn between national themes and how they play out in individual choices at the local level. The One Truthiness brings the abstract down to the specific. It assumes that since we are all part of the picture, we each have power to shape the future. It does not expect agreement, but aims to provide an honest look at the experiences, intentions, and consequences within a community.
Audiences say ..."I feel transformed. I am taller walking out."
The One Truthiness has already been tested and found to be moving, provocative, engaging, and effective. It was always envisioned to be part of a community with a past and a future. To use the show as a mirror and a window, casting light on ourselves and revealing each other.
We are starting with a quarterly series, open to the public, developed in the context of Oakland and the Bay Area.
Each episode updates the content and images to reflect current issues of local concern: race; how much we do & don't trust each other, the police, the government; housing; safety; success; and personal responsibility. You are invited to help shape the content and conversation.
The first show will be Thursday, January 4 at The Flight Deck in Oakland.
The second cycle will start in May — May 4-5 at The Flight Deck and May 27, June 1-2 at The San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason in San Francisco.
Audiences say ...“Richly disturbing and affirming. I am questioning my truth.”
Project Creator Charlie Levin has lived on the east coast, midwest, and west coast of the United States. With a background in fine art and philosophy, she has traveled much of the world and seen many configurations of people's lives. White and Jewish, her family is inspiration and anchor supporting her as she voyages wider seeking what is outside her own experience. Her artwork focuses on complexity, perception, transparency, and identity.
Co-Producer & Director Ayodele Nzinga, Ph.D. makes home in Northern California. A North American African woman, her anchors are delving the depths of her local community and her dedication to excavating the context of marginalized spaces. Her work strengthens, deepens, and enriches the infinite details of home.
We bring our different experiences and perspectives together to create a trustworthy foundation for all branches of the community to engage, to share their perspectives, and come to see themselves intertwined with each other. What is the picture we make when are all included?
The strength of The One Truthiness is in the investment of people. Charlie self-produced the first two versions out of passion, commitment, and to refine the work. To turn this into an ongoing series requires many elements:
• Scholarship tickets to make sure we always have stakeholders with a breadth of experiences present in person.
• Interviewing and research — time to sit down with people and listen, find the patterns in the stories, and craft an artistic experience.
• Equity experts to structure post-show conversations so they can go deep and help people be candid and vulnerable despite the public forum.
• Workshops so schools, organizations, and companies can have a custom opportunity to investigate the multitude of experiences within their own community and translate their insights into tactical change.
• We are being asked to tour to universities, neighborhoods, and companies.
• Each quarter, we hope to offer more shows for the public performance, each requiring more funds for space rental, staff, artist fees, and art materials (custom-made framed plexiglas panels, encaustic paints, and brushes)
• Eventually we would like to bring this to communities outside the Bay Area, sitting down to listen to their challenges and concerns and developing custom content for their specific stories.
Right now we are raising money just for the first of the series ... January 2018. The more community investment we can show funders and organizations, the more we build interest and prove our worth. Having a glimpse of our long-term aspirations, we hope you want to support making these visions a reality.
Funds raised beyond our initial goal will go towards (a) scholarship tickets for people who otherwise would not attend; (b) future quarterly performances in May, September, and December; and (c) development of companion workshops.
The One Truthiness was first produced as a workshop production for Kinetech Art's featured artist series. The response was so profound that in the spring of 2016, The One Truthiness was produced for a month-long run at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Audiences asked for it to continue, and since the 2016 Presidential Election, that interest has only grown.
Audiences say ... "In the midst of a complex and challenging societal discourse, it is so rare to find a space to look at the dialogue from a new and illuminating perspective." "The most interesting, thought-provoking, creative performance I've ever been to. I've never seen anything like it." "I am changed by your work." "When are you doing it again?"
This campaign is to fund the January premiere of what we hope will be a quarterly series throughout 2018, with each cycle featuring more and more shows. As the project evolves we expect to develop related workshops, and increase the engagement with the community.
The project aims to include and bring together a breadth of experiences and voices to increase insight and awareness of all voices in the community. Earlier productions (at Kinetech Arts and the San Francisco International Arts Festival) have resulted in overwhelming encouragement to keep the project going, and expand and deepen its content and its reach. If at any point, we discover through our community conversations that we are not resonating, we may redesign or re-evaluate the scope or direction of the project.
The challenge for each new version of the show is to secure the time and access to meet and listen to new voices through interviews and research.
Bring home the original painting created during one of the shows. This 6' x 6' encaustic (wax) painting can be hung on a wall, or used as a room divider. Shipping/Delivery to be arranged (and paid) separately.
Ticket to see One Truthiness : Oakland
PDF copy of the book read during the show
A 4x6 flicker (lenticular) postcard with two show-related images