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With the election looming, help Pedro Reyes & CT hold up a funhouse mirror to democracy with DOOMOCRACY, a political haunted house.
With the election looming, help Pedro Reyes & CT hold up a funhouse mirror to democracy with DOOMOCRACY, a political haunted house.
398 backers pledged $86,064 to help bring this project to life.

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Is it quicker to buy a gun or flag down a busy bartender? What does the extra Oxy in your cabinet go for on the street? Is that drone strike news footage, or your Xbox? 

Welcome to the official Doomocracy camPAIN.

Exchanging political fights for political frights, Creative Time, the public arts non-profit that brought you Kara Walker’s A Subtlety and Duke Riley’s Fly By Night, and artist Pedro Reyes will take over the Brooklyn Army Terminal this October in an exciting new collaboration. Doomocracy, a major new immersive installation, marks the coming together of two events haunting the American cultural imagination: Halloween and the nightmare that is the U.S. presidential election. The horrors of our political landscape will be turned into a haunted house where visitors will navigate a maze of near apocalyptic torments, from climate change to pandemic gun violence and more… all sited in the enormous, once-abandoned and fabulously haunting Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Guarantee your ticket today by selecting rewards at the "Make American Scream Again" level and above!

For over four decades, Creative Time has commissioned ambitious public art projects and made artists' biggest dreams come true—it’s what we do best. Now Pedro has entrusted us to bring his worst nightmare to life, and we’re turning to you for help! Just like democracy, Doomocracy takes people-power. Pledge today and become a part of team Doomocracy. The more you give, the more you get! From guaranteed tickets to a private Halloween tour, it's pay to play politics for an experience you’ll never forget, no matter how hard you try.

Opening to the public October 7 and ending just days before November’s election, Doomocracy, like all our projects, will be free and open to the public, although tickets must be reserved in advance. Fly By Night, our most recent project, had 2,000 birds in the sky and a 40,000 person wait list. Don’t miss out. Trust us, FOMO is real. 

Why Fund Pedro’s Nightmare?

It’s too scary not to! This usually glass-half-full artist is throwing his hands up in the air asking, “What have we done to ourselves?” We cannot ignore this moment of crisis: impending Doomocracy.

Taking place in the midst of a vital moment in history, our project offers the perfect platform and location for dialogue around the contemporary state of global and U.S. politics. Bringing an immersive “society is on the verge of complete chaos” experience to life takes set building, actors, costumes, props… Politics ain’t cheap and the show must (and will!) go on. Doomocracy might be just the feargasm we need to put us back on track.

And, the independent jury of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative has endorsed this project!

DISCLAIMER: Doomocracy aims to shock, amuse, provoke, even disturb. Be forewarned, Doomocracy will challenge you both physically and mentally and by choosing to enter you will encounter all those “mature content” things you’re usually warned of… and more.

And, as a reminder, not all backer levels guarantee tickets to the exhibition.

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About Pedro Reyes

Artist Pedro Reyes is known for imagining solutions for a happier world. In 2008, Reyes worked with local authorities in Culiacán, Mexico to melt down guns into shovels, and then used the shovels to plant trees. In 2013, he turned 6,700 firearms confiscated by the Mexican government into mechanical musical instruments. By creating spaces to encounter, the artist produces the conditions by which to drive cultural change.

About Creative Time

Remember Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, Duke Riley's Fly By Night, where 2,000 pigeons illuminated our skies, Kara Walker's A Subtlety, the massive, sugar sphinx-like woman at Domino Sugar Factory? That was all us.

We are a nonprofit public arts organization committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates and dreams of our time. Since 1974, we have presented over 350 of the most innovative art projects in the public realm and provided new platforms to amplify artists voices.

Creative Time seeks to convert the power of artists’ ideas into works that inspire social change and stimulate public dialogue on timely issues, while initiating a dynamic conversation among artists, sites, and audiences.

Risks and challenges

Every great undertaking comes with its own bag of nightmares…

Our small staff needs to seriously expand to pull this off, which means hiring a director, a writer, dozens of actors, costume designers, lighting and sound techs, an installation crew, the site team, prop designers, fabricators, and the list goes on... We‘re working with a 2-month turnaround to shock, amuse, and awaken your senses, in a space that’s brilliant, but new to us, and sprawls over 4 million sq ft.

Oh and our star artist, well he lives and works in Mexico City, and while Facetime is alright, it's imperative we have him on set!

So yes, there’s nightmares, but there’s also dreams…

Pedro’s dream that is now our dream, and we hope yours too! Our team might be small, but we work hard, are passionate, and most importantly we always deliver and have a proven track record of historic public art projects to prove it. We take risks, and bring you along for the ride. In every relationship, communication is key, so be sure we’ll keep you up to date every step of the way.

Video by Tomasz Werner
Photography by Will Star/Shooting Stars Pro

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    Become a Registered Doomocrat!

    As a thank you for joining in on the madness, Pedro Reyes will send you a digital GIF of the Doomocracy CamPAIN sticker. Your name will be listed on Creative Time's website, and you'll receive behind the scenes project updates.

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    Join the Political Revolution

    Pedro Reyes will send you a digital limited edition and mail you the exhibition flyer.

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    Yes We Can't!

    Join the Doomocracy CamPAIN! We'll send you the CamPAIN bumper sticker.

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    Doomocracy Party Insider

    Get the inside scoop from Pedro Reyes: we'll send you a digital version of the entire exhibition script written by Pedro Reyes in collaboration with Director Meghan Finn and Writer Paul Hufker.

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    • Bumper Sticker
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    Doomocracy Booster

    Receive the full Doomocracy CamPAIN Swag package, including a pennant, bumper sticker, and button.

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    Doomocracy Watchdog

    Curator Nato Thompson will lead you through a spooky virtual tour of the haunted house.

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    Make America Scream Again

    A nightmare come true! We'll guarantee you 1 ticket to the haunted house on the night of your choice.

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    Doomocracy Delegate

    Share the nightmare with a friend! We'll guarantee you 2 tickets to the haunted house on the night of your choice and mail you the exhibition flyer signed by Pedro Reyes.

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    Be Doomocracy’s Next Candidate!

    Become a Doomocracy Candidate! Pedro Reyes will incorporate your name into the haunted house experience. You'll also receive 2 tickets to the opening night launch party, as well as 2 tickets to the project on a night of your choice.

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    • Doomocracy Ticket
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    Doomocracy Silent Supporter

    Experience the nightmare from afar... Pedro Reyes will send you a piece of the project once the exhibition closes. You'll also receive a bound hardcopy of the full exhibition script used for the haunted house.

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    • Official Bound Exhibition Script
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    Doomocracy Super PAC Member

    Become a member of the Doomocracy Super PAC! You'll receive 4 tickets to the opening night launch party, as well as 4 tickets to the project on a night of your choice.

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    Doomocracy Ambassador

    We'll send you the limited edition Pedro Reyes "Doomsday Button," so you can control the nightmare from the comfort of your living room. You'll be invited to cocktails with curator Nato Thompson and director Meghan Finn. Plus, get your own signed copy of the exhibition script.

    Includes:
    • Pedro Reyes' Doomsday Button
    • Cocktail Party Invite
    • Official Bound Exhibition Script signed by Pedro Reyes
    • Doomocracy Ticket
    • Launch Party Ticket
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    Doomsday Cabinet Member

    Experience the nightmare and bring it home with you... In addition to 4 tickets to the exhibition, 4 tickets to the launch party, invitations to the cocktail party with Curator Nato Thompson and Director Meghan Finn, and a signed copy of the exhibition script, Pedro Reyes will send you a piece of the project once the exhibition closes.

    Includes:
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    Halloween is Now for Sale!

    We’ll invite you and twelve friends (totaling an unlucky 13) to a special Halloween walkthrough.

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    • Cocktail Party Invite
    • Official Donor Crediting (online and onsite)
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Funding period

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