You think you’ve got some truth to share with the world?
If you’re in Charlotte, and you can impart that truth in two minutes or less, now’s your chance. The Truth Booth, an international art project, is here this week to collect video recordings of people responding to the prompt, “The truth is....”
This inflatable 14-foot sculpture looks like a speech bubble and doubles as a recording studio. It’s set up on the lawn outside The Light Factory, at 1817 Central Avenue, and it’s welcoming anyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 6 and 7.
“It’s a soapbox, confessional, therapist – whatever you need,” says Will Sylvester, one of the project’s artists. Interestingly, despite the verbal heat being generated this election season, Sylvester says participants don’t often mention political candidates.
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Instead, they talk about struggling to survive, loving their families, financial issues, inequality. “My opinion is they don’t care who’s arguing on their behalf,” he says.
The project has already collected recordings in Ireland and Afghanistan. It’s now traveling the U.S. and aims to hit every state by November. It was in Charleston, S.C., for July 4 and heads to West Virginia next. A website will be available soon, perhaps by the end of July, that will present the thousands of hours of video being collected.
Among all those recordings will be the wise words of eight-year-old Will Baldwin, one of Wednesday’s first participants. His response to “The truth is....” prompt?
“Root beer rules.”
Hard to argue with that.
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