PROJECTS : THE TRUTH IS I AM YOU




THE TRUTH IS I AM YOU

Installation of Diebond speech balloons,
maps, placards, and Lenticular prints

University of California at San Francisco
2008 - on permanent display
The Truth is I Am You is a poem installed as a series of speech balloons that line a covered walkway linking the School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry at the University of California at San Francisco.

The 300-foot installation highlights the diversity of cultures that exemplify the UCSF community. Each balloon displays a single line from the poem translated into each of the languages spoken by the student body. Placards containing a phonetic spelling in English accompany them, so that any person can learn to say each line.

Starting with, “The truth is I am you” and ending with “The truth is I love you,” this piece attempts to use this corridor as brief passageway to other systems of considering who we are, what we value, where we come from, and where we are going.

The installation features 24 languages representing the languages spoken by UCSF student body. The languages include Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and others.

The truth is  . . .

The truth is I love you.

The truth is I know you.

The truth is I see you.

The truth is I hear you.

The truth is I fear you.

The truth is I feel you.

The truth is I adore you.

The truth is I respect you.

The truth is I follow you.

The truth is I judge you.

The truth is I choose you.

The truth is I remember you.

The truth is I remind you.

The truth is I frighten you.

The truth is I become you.

The truth is I believe you.

The truth is I resist you.

The truth is I am you.

 


On the poles adjacent to each hanging balloon is a mounted placard with the english translation and phonetic spelling of the respective language.

Mounted on one of the sidewalls of the walkway is a 60" lenticular print translating a line of the poem into sign language.

On the opposing wall near the center of the walkway there will be a 120" wide map of the world which is upside down. This is meant to decentralize and reposition the value that is implicit in maps that place Europe, North America and northern Asia as the “top of the world”.

THE TRUTH IS I AM YOU
Helium Balloons
2006

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