Cause Collective: In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)


As part of Hank Willis Thomas’s solo exhibition The Truth is I See You, on view at MetroTech Commons, Public Art Fund brings In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth), Thomas’s collaboration with Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks of the Cause Collective, to Downtown Brooklyn at four moments from August 2015 to May 2016. The Truth Booth is a mobile interactive video recording booth that has been presented in cities around the world, from Cape Town, South Africa, and Bamyan, Afghanistan, to Galway, Ireland, and Cleveland, Ohio. Members of the public are invited to enter the work and finish the statement “The truth is…” while looking into a camera. These two-minute responses will be compiled by the artists as part of the ongoing global project.

Recording our local communities’ responses to this universal idea, The Truth Booth will be presented:
-August 4, 12noon to 8pm at MetroTech Commons
-September 26, 12noon to 8pm at Atlantic Terminal Plaza
-October 15, 12noon to 8pm at MetroTech Commons
-May 8, 12noon to 8pm at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park (located near the entrance to the Ferry; enter the park at Furman and Old Fulton Streets and walk straight west toward the water and the Manhattan skyline)

Please note: all dates are subject to change based on weather conditions

Hank Willis Thomas: The Truth Is I See You is on view at MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn, August 4, 2015 – June 3, 2016.

This video features selections of past recordings, and the responses are as diverse as the people who have participated.



Brooklyn Bridge Park

At the entrance of the park at Furman and Old Fulton Streets, straight west toward the water and the Manhattan skyline.

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About the Artists

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.

Ryan Alexiev

Jim Ricks

Hank Willis Thomas

Select Previous Presentations

Ireland (Galway Arts Festival; National Ploughing Championship; The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival; and Belfast Culture Night and various locations)

Charlottesville, VA (Look3)
Long Island, NY (Hofstra University)

Washington D.C. (George Washington University)
Afghanistan (Herat, Kabul, Bamiyan, & MAZAR-I-SHARIF)
Cleveland, OH (Cleveland Museum of Art and various locations)

Hayward, CA (Bowman Elementary School)
Facebook (Menlo Park, CA)
Nevada (Burning Man Festival)
South Africa (The Company’s Garden, Cape Town)
Miami, FL (Art Basel in Miami Beach, Collins Park)