The CAUSE COLLECTIVE is a team of artists, designers and ethnographers creating innovative art in the public realm. Our 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, we seek to add the "public" back into public space and art.
COMING TO CALIFORNIA EXHIBITIONS IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH QUESTION BRIDGE THE LONG MARCH TOUR OF AFGHANISTAN UNCATEGORIZED VIDEO INSTALLATION
TRUTH BOOTH DEBUTS AT CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART!
Exhibitions, In Search of the Truth, Video Installation / by / November 1, 2013

The Truth Booth, back from touring Afghanistan is now opening at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It will tour the Ohio area over the next two months. We’ll keep you posted!

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TOUR OF AFGHANISTAN COMES TO A CLOSE
In Search of the Truth, Tour of Afghanistan / by / September 10, 2013

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An amazing, intense, frustrating, and unforgettable trip comes to a close. Check out the Tour blog on our dedicated Truth Booth website insearchofthetruth.net

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THE TRUTH IS BRAVERY!
In Search of the Truth, Tour of Afghanistan / by / August 24, 2013

“The Truth is Afghan girls have no liberty at all.” This portrait was filmed at the Mehri Herawi girls school in Herat, Afghanistan. from Ryan Alexiev on Vimeo.

The  tour of Afghanistan is close to wrapping up with only one more stop in Kabul now, so we should get over 700 video portraits. Not all are usable, but it’s still far more than we expected to get and some are just stunning. Now the challenge is getting them all translated and subtitled, which is a task far greater (and expensive!) than we had planned. We have only a few completed so far… and it has taken all our extra time. If anyone knows how to help (fluency in Dari and Pashto (and English) essential), please contact!

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TRUTH BOOTH TOURING AFGHANISTAN
Uncategorized / by / August 15, 2013

Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks (in disguise) at the airport in Kabul. Check out our blog for the latest updates, videos, and images from Afghanistan –> THE TRUTH BOOTH BLOG

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A shot from the Inflatable World factory where the booth was manufactured 2 years ago and more recently modified…  Most notably to have the word Truth covered by its equivalent in Dari: حقیقت.

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THE LONG MARCH INSTALLED AT BIRMINGHAM SHUTTLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Long March, Video Installation / by / March 8, 2013

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It took 8 months of hard work researching, editing and installing, but The Long March is up and running! Made by Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jessica Ingram, and Hank Willis Thomas. Check it here


THE LONG MARCH 
90′ X 14′ video installation

The Long March is a 27 monitor installation commissioned by the recently renovated Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. The installation incorporates depictions of movement, migration and marching from different eras in Alabama history, for instance, the Civil War, the Trail of Tears, the Children’s March, the Selma Marches, football marching bands, the railroad, and migrations to the “Magic City.” The long row of monitors (the long march) track to the center of the wall and meld into a kaleidoscope. The kaleidoscope is tiled in the shape of a Camellia – the Alabama state flower. The Camellia, in this instance, is a repository of past and present motion that represents the flowering that grows out of movement. The kaleidoscopic mixes and melds the long march footage creating new emergent patterns, forms and colors. The travelers who will encounter the piece will be able to envision themselves as part of this mosaic that is symbolized through Alabama’s relationship to ‘the march’ as a form of historical progression.

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QUESTION BRIDGE DEBUTS AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Question Bridge, Video Installation / by / January 19, 2012

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Dissolving the distinction among subject, audience, and author, the visionary transmedia project, Question Bridge: Black Males, creates a uniquely vulnerable and intimate dialogue among black men nationwide, initiating a new kind of social network. In Question Bridge: Black Males, black men go to a safe space and record their questions, which are then answered by other men who may live miles away. The footage is evocatively presented in various ways, ranging from beautiful sculptural environments to Web forums and geolocative hotspots across the country.

Question Bridge: Black Males was produced by Songha and Company; Co-Produced by Innovent and farWord Inc.; Underwritten by Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Tribeca Film Institute; Supported by Bay Area Video Coalition, Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab, UPM and DualStar Digital.

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CAUSE COLLECTIVE ARTIST BAYETE ROSS SMITH ON BRAVO’S “WORK OF ART” REALITY SHOW
Uncategorized / by / October 11, 2011

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Our own Bayeté Ross Smith (MFA 2004) is a contestant on Season 2 of Bravo’s creative competition series, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. The series seeks to discover new talent and shed light on the artistic process that typically occurs behind closed doors. Bayeté is an artist, photographer, and arts educator living in New York. His work has been exhibited with the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1, the New Museum, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, and the Goethe Institute.

The show, executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, asks contestants to complete strange tasks and create new pieces each week as a timed challenge. The winner of the competition, judged by Bill Powers, Jerry Saltz, and Simone de Pury will receive $100,000.

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. (PT) on Bravo.

 

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The Truth Is I Am You opening at LMCC’s Art Center at Governor’s Island
Exhibitions, In Search of the Truth / by / August 25, 2011

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Opening Reception Saturday,
August 27, 3-5pm

A project by The Cause Collective, with work by Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, and Hank Willis Thomas. Co-presention with Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA)

The Truth Is I Am You is a floating poem highlighting the practices of coexistence that exemplify culturally diverse communities like New York City. Lining the walls of the 2,000 square foot exhibition space, the poem starts with “The truth is I am you” and ends with “The truth is I love you” translated into the 24 most spoken languages in New York City. The poetry on the walls is installed along with silver helium inflated balloons floating in the gallery space. The audience is invited to contribute to the poem by writing their own truths on the surface of the balloons.

Referencing Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds”, which originally debuted in 1966, the piece attempts to use the exhibition space as a point of entry into other systems of considering who we are, what we value, where we come from, and where we are going.

MoCADA is committed to fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of the arts and cultures of the African Diaspora as it relates to contemporary urban issues. The experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent have been marginalized throughout history and MoCADA’s mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting that history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of the contributions of people of African descent to the artistic and global landscape.

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The Truth Booth launches its tour of Ireland at the Galway Arts Festival
Uncategorized / by / July 11, 2011

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Created by Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Hank Willis Thomas, In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth), is a giant inflatable structure, a portable video booth, which invites members of the public to leave their responses to the simple question “What is the Truth?”.  After the festival, the Truth Booth will tour various sites in Ireland. Commissioned by the SF Foundation and the Arts Council of Ireland.

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www.insearchofthetruth.net

 

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Coming to California at the Oakland Museum of California
Coming to California, Video Installation / by / March 20, 2010

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Commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California, Coming to California is a 20 minute video featuring over 3,500 video portraits of the people of California, past and present. It is now on permanent display in the newly renovated Califronia History section also titled Coming to California.

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