NORFOLK – Today and Saturday, a large inflatable booth will beckon visitors of the Chrysler Museum of Art to enter and record a video of themselves.
For two days the museum will host the Truth Booth, a tent where visitors record a video statement of beginning with “The truth is …”
The artist group Cause Collective last week launched a 50-state tour to coincide with the presidential campaign. Participants are encouraged to record a confessional-style video of up to two minutes describing their opinion on anything. The artists will post some of the videos on YouTube after each tour stop.
“The Truth Booth is a confessional, a soapbox and a therapist,” Will Sylvester, a member of the collective, said in a release. “When we’re able to put ourselves out there and see truth from multiple perspectives, I think we find out we have more commonalities than differences in this world.”
The humanitarian art booth project launched in July 2011 at the Galway International Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland. It has also been to Afghanistan and South Africa. The Chrysler Museum is on the front end of Truth Booth’s U.S. tour in the run-up to the November elections.
The artists timed their tour to coincide with the presidential campaign because “it seems like a good time to invite people to come out and share their truth,” said Amber Kennedy, a museum spokeswoman. The exhibit will also make stops at the Republican and Democratic national conventions, she said.
The Truth Booth will be taking people at the Chrysler Museum from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Granby Street arts venue Work | Release will host an after-party at 9 p.m. Saturday featuring DJ sets and special performances.