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!View
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 BLOGA 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. View
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.View
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.
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.
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.View