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Ahead of the presidential election, the Cause Collective will travel their video confessional Truth Booth to all 50-states of America
Ahead of the presidential election, the Cause Collective will travel their video confessional Truth Booth to all 50-states of America.              Donate to our Fiscal Sponsor below.
Ahead of the presidential election, the Cause Collective will travel their video confessional Truth Booth to all 50-states of America.              Donate to our Fiscal Sponsor below.
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In Search of the Truth - The Truth Booth U.S. Tour

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Join us as we set out on the road and travel the country In Search of the Truth!

We are seeking to raise $75,000 to start the In Search of the Truth tour of the 50 United States before the presidential election. The heart of this transmedia project is a portable, inflatable Truth Booth—a video recording booth that invites the public to record two-minute videos completing the statement, "The truth is...."

Our goal is to amplify the voices of the public and provide an interactive platform for the nation to share their thoughts, ideas, dreams and truths about the upcoming election, or anything that inspires them. We believe, it is important, that there's a space to hear directly from one another at the moment when this nation chooses it's next leader.

As we've travelled the booth accross the globe, received over 5000 statements, ranging from “The truth is Legos” to “The truth is I’m proud to be Afghan,” to “The truth is I’m a tomboy and I hate pink and I hate princesses”. We are excited to come to your state, and hear your truths at this critical moment. 

For as many people and places there are in this great country, there are just as many truths. Join us in telling, sharing, and hearing what The Truth Is...

Who is the CAUSE COLLECTIVE?

We are a team of artists, designers and ethnographers creating innovative art in the public realm. For the past 10 years, we’ve enlivened public spaces by creating dynamic conversations between issues, sites, and audiences. By exploring ideas that shape society, we work to add the "public" back into public space and art.

Our Collective crew for the Truth Booth's 2016 U.S. tour is Ryan Alexiev, Hank Willis Thomas, Jim Ricks, and Will Sylvester.

We live in Brooklyn, a coastal town in California, and Dublin, Ireland—and have roots in Philly, Phoenix, Oakland, San Francisco, and western Massachusetts.

In 2011, we took the Truth Booth on its maiden voyage—across Ireland. That's Hank, Jim, and Ryan in County Galway.
In 2011, we took the Truth Booth on its maiden voyage—across Ireland. That's Hank, Jim, and Ryan in County Galway.

What is In Search of the Truth?

In Search of the Truth is an inflatable temporary public sculpture—an iconic, 14-feet high speech bubble. Inside is a video recording booth where the public can record two-minute videos as they complete the statement, "The truth is..." The responses we've gathered so far are humorous, confessional, empowering, vulnerable, poetic, and revealing. By embarking on a fifty-state tour, we aim to represent and celebrate the United States' diverse people, cultures, and locations. 

The project includes a dedicated website for expanded audiences to track our U.S. tour, and view categorized videos. Throughout this long-term project, the video footage will be compiled and edited into a video installation to be exhibited in galleries, museums, and public viewings. It is our hope that viewers, as we have, realize that there are common things that people struggle with. That things like loss, love, hunger, and the feeling that you are worth more than society suggests are universal. That we all share truths.

Over the past five years, we have taken the Truth Booth to Ireland, Afghanistan, and South Africa, as well as select locales the U.S. (Brooklyn, Charlottesville, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, Palo Alto, and Washington D.C.). But there are many more truths to find and we feel as if there is no better time than NOW to seek those truths out in the U.S.

When We Last Attempted To Follow The Election

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Mehri Herawi girls school in Herat. Built by the Italians, getting the booth here was special. The girls couldn't wait to tell the truth.
Mehri Herawi girls school in Herat. Built by the Italians, getting the booth here was special. The girls couldn't wait to tell the truth.

Join Us

We would like your help to share our collective story at this pivotal moment in out nation's history.

Traveling the United States with a inflatable video booth is a huge undertaking. We are coming to the Kickstarter community to help us to actualize this goal. By starting with a goal of $75,000, we are looking for your support to get us on the road. We plan to focus on swing states first, to explore how distinct and divergent politics shape notions of place and identity. But please, if you have a suggest for a location send us a message. And if you pledge at one of our $10k reward tiers we will gladly bring the booth to YOU! 

To compliment the tour, we will create a interactive website to allow everyone access to interact with the tour, whether you are able to join us in person or not. The website will include truths from the travelled locations, as well as a map of where we've been and where we are going.

But this project is much more than a tour and a website. It is also a documentary art project. The videos we collect will go into creating longer form videos for exhibitions. We will be writing about and photographing the places we travel to, and documenting what we learn and the people we meet. Your pledges will be a huge part of helping us to purchase hard drives, memory cards, rent cloud space, as well as work in a creative space to produce a book, videos, and create an exhibition.

The Truth Booth getting setup in a potato field in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
The Truth Booth getting setup in a potato field in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.


We Want to Travel to All 50 States!

For every $10,000 dollars we raise after our goal, we'll add another state to the tour. We want you to make this a 50 STATE TOUR! Spread the word! Tell everyone you know: the Truth Booth wants to hear from YOU!

Help us tour the 50 United States (and tell us why we should visit your city or town)!
Help us tour the 50 United States (and tell us why we should visit your city or town)!
Students visited the Truth Booth in a park in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014.
Students visited the Truth Booth in a park in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014.

 Quotes From The Truth Booth

"The truth is not to be discovered because it was there before we were born. It hid itself when we were born and it only comes out once we are dead. I am nearly dead so the truth will shortly emerge" - Ireland 2011

"The truth is i don't think i have enough money to finish college." - Hofstra University 2012

"The truth is that Afghanistan will be all right one day. Then people will live together in a free and healthy environment again. I want to make clear that if all Afghans join hand-in-hand and raise capacity and the level of knowledge they can defeat poverty and solve the problems that exist in our country and rebuild the nation. Then all our problems will end. Thank you." - Afghanistan 2013

"The truth is um I've been dealing CRPS Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome since I was 10. and now I'm 14 and i am done with it. I've come to realize that I don't want to have to deal with it anymore. Now I'm here in Cleveland Ohio at the Cleveland clinic for regional pain and they've gotten me from a wheel chair to walking well hardly walking in a matter of 3 weeks. Now I'm staying an extra week so get the extra touches put back in place and I'm really excited to go back to my normal life. So the truth is you never should give up because we all have a story and people don't know that story until you actually tell them and your a fighter and you just gotta fight until you get what you deserve. So that is the truth for me" - Cleveland 2014

"The truth is that I'm still 11 years old but I really do believe in unicorns. I know I sound super crazy but I believe unicorns are real, also mermaids, also fairies, and all of those sort of things. I love magic. You can't take that from me. I also love the Percy Jackson series and I am never going to stop loving them no matter what my mom says." - Miami 2014

"My truth is that my father died a year ago, a vietnam vet from agent orange exposure and we miss him a lot and wish he was here. My other truth is I've been separated from my husband for 4 your long years and they have been the hardest and most difficult of my life and I would give anything for us to get back together again because I still love you Herman. You're the love and my life and me and our daughter miss you lots. Thats my truth. That's all I got to say." - Brooklyn 2015

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REWARDS

Receive a copy of all our favorite truths or help us decide what goes into the next exhibition!
Receive a copy of all our favorite truths or help us decide what goes into the next exhibition!
The first 2 buttons from the button set
The first 2 buttons from the button set
Ryan models the official tour t-shirt.
Ryan models the official tour t-shirt.
A little truth could go a long way with these Truth Booth postcards.
A little truth could go a long way with these Truth Booth postcards.
Mockup of The Truth Booth U.S. Tour Book
Mockup of The Truth Booth U.S. Tour Book
Travel to far away lands with each sip!
Travel to far away lands with each sip!
30"x40" Dibond balloon with your "Truth is I..." statement.
30"x40" Dibond balloon with your "Truth is I..." statement.

Risks and challenges

We can honestly say that this is our most ambitious effort to date. We are embarking on a U.S. tour, something that none of us have ever done. Inherently there is the risk that this might be too ambitious.

But we figure "Why not?!"

We see our biggest challenge as being able to arrange the tour itself. As we start to fundraise we are also reaching out to our network, trying to determine the the best place to take the Truth Booth in each state; to make sure we place the Truth Booth in the best location possible. Determining if we have enough funding and resources to do all 50 states. How do we get from point A to B, how many people do we need, where are they going to sleep, can we hire people, can we pay ourselves? So many questions run through our minds.

The road itself presents a challenge. Making sure we are on schedule, automotive woes, and staying healthy are a few challenges that come up when traveling. We also face the health and safety issues of the Truth Booth itself. Because it is a inflatable, we will have to regularly check the booth and make sure it doesn't get any holes or isn't vandalized. Making sure the electrical and computer equipment are in working order from place to place as well as making sure the footage is safe and backed up everyday.

All of us are working Artists with obligations outside of the collective. Our own projects and exhibitions could present challenges in time And as human beings we know life comes with challenges. But we are dedicated to touring the booth to as many places as we can possibly afford to in order to get as many thoughts, perspectives, and revelations of the truth as we can possibly collect. To make sure we are best representing what the world sees as the truth is.

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    The Truth Is... I (insert your words here) You

    We are looking forward to what your truth is and so is the world. We will be creating a dedicated page on our website that will feature your submitted "The Truth Is I ... You" line.

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    The Truth Is... I Am Stuck On You

    You will receive the In Search Of The Truth collector button set.

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    The Truth Is... I Represent You

    Exclusive Truth Booth Tour T-Shirt. These tees will be limited to booth staff, volunteers, and YOU, our Kickstarter backers.

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    The Truth is... I'm Here For You

    Shhhh... don't tell anyone but you get to cut the line before everyone else.

    Although the date says June 2016, this will be subject to when the booth hits your town and your availability. If you happen to miss it, don't fret, we got your back. We will do our best to make up for it with something from the rewards stash.

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    The Truth Is... I Represent You

    Exclusive Truth Booth Mug. We have had some inspiring truths through the years. Share them over a cup of your favorite beverage.

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    The Truth Is... I Message You

    One of the many pleasures of traveling The Truth Booth is all the photos we get to take. So as a reward you will receive a packet of 10 postcards from past tours and a t-shirt.

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    The Truth Is I Am Helping You

    Be a part of the team! Come spend a day with us as we go from inflation to deflation of The Truth Booth. Get a sneak peak behind the scenes at the booth and record your truth before everyone else on the day. Plus because you are volunteering for the day, you will receive a limited t-shirt.

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    The Truth Is... I Publish You

    To document our journey as well as this moment in history, it is our pleasure to give you a signed, first edition of our upcoming book that documents this momentous journey. We will be also adding your name to a special Kickstarter backers page.

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    The Truth Is... I Trust You

    Become apart of our review circle. We have a small group of people that we ask to review our videos and we would like to invite you into that group. Get access to draft videos for comments in the editing process. And a special thanks credit in the final exhibition copy of the U.S. Tour production.

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    The Truth Is... Jim The Mentor

    Jim will be your mentor for one day while on tour.

    He is an American-born conceptual artist, curator, and writer. He received a Masters of Fine Art from the National University of Ireland Galway and Burren College of Art programme, and earned his undergraduate degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. Jim is a native Californian, a longtime graffiti artist, and a subversive. His predisposition for travel and trouble has informed his radical political perspective and heightened his love of the vernacular aesthetic. His work, characterized by urgent statements against imperialism, questions conventional notions of ‘fine art’ and aims to debunk capitalist mythologies. He appropriates disparate found objects from popular culture, sampling everything from The Economist to the developing world bazaar, and draws attention to the gap between real stories and ‘manufactured’ identity. Jim’s installations are informed by his background as street artist, agitprop designer and muralist. Other influences include back alleys, Dada, construction sites, poorly painted signs, abandoned factories and the aesthetic of the ‘dollar store’ display.

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    The Truth Is... I Remember You

    For your pledge we will send you a disposable camera with pictures taken from the truth booth tour. Each camera will contain 36 unique exposures. This will be a one time exclusive to own this mystery collection of images.

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    And Truth Booth Tour T-Shirt (Sep 2016)

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    The Truth Is... Jim Will Create A Work For You

    Jim will create one of a kind conceptual artwork just for you!

    Jim Ricks is a native Californian, a longtime graffiti artist, and a subversive. His predisposition for travel and trouble has informed his radical political perspective and heightened his love of the vernacular aesthetic.

    Check out his work at http://www.jimricks.info/

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    The Truth Is... Jim Will Appropriate Work.

    Jim will appropriate a painting from "art history" made for you. With one possible limitation "They select, I can reject." But this could mean you might own a piece of history.

    Jim Ricks is a native Californian, a longtime graffiti artist, and a subversive. His predisposition for travel and trouble has informed his radical political perspective and heightened his love of the vernacular aesthetic.

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    The Truth Is... I Want You

    Want to have The Truth Booth to visit your city or town? Because we want to come visit you! Be one of the 7 locations we visit.

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    First edition of our upcoming book (Apr 2017)
    Truth Booth tote bag (Sep 2017)
    Truth Booth Tour T-Shirt (Sep 2017)
    The Truth Is... I (insert here) You tier (Aug 2016)

    PLEASE NOTE: The delivery day will depend on where you are located along the tour. Hawaii and Alaska might be a little more difficult so please message us if this is where you are before you pledge.

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    The Truth Is... I Support You

    Thank You For Your Support!

    Move ahead of the line as well as meet the team behind The Truth Booth Tour at one of our stops.

    Truth Booth tote bag (Sep 2016)
    Truth Booth Tour T-Shirt (Sep 2016)
    The Truth Is... I (insert here) You tier (Aug 2016)
    The Truth Is... I Publish You tier (Apr 2017)

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    The Truth Is... I Notice You

    Hank and Ryan have agreed to create one of their The Truth Is I... signs just for you. This is a 30"x48" dibond ballon with your very own Truth Is I... statement. Your statement will also be added to the website and you will receive a t-shirt and a tote bag.

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    The Truth Is... Jim Will Paint A Mural

    Jim has agreed to paint one-off mural in your home (or wherever else). Jim Ricks is a native Californian, a longtime graffiti artist, and a subversive. His predisposition for travel and trouble has informed his radical political perspective and heightened his love of the vernacular aesthetic.

    You and Jim will consult on the work first and for a U.S. backer Jim will make a special stop to paint the mural. For a international backer arrangements will need to be made however we can not include travel and accommodations into the pledge (sorry).

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