Political haunted house planned for Sunset seeks backers on Kickstarter

Make America scream again.

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes – with the help of needed Kickstarter backers – is working on (what he considers) a terrifying exhibition set to debut at Brooklyn Army Terminal this October, the subject of which he hopes will instill fear in even the most relaxed of citizens: politics.

Doomocracy, a new immersive installation, will see the blending together of two events “haunting the American cultural imagination: Halloween and the nightmare that is the U.S. presidential election,” according to its Kickstarter page.

The installation, done in collaboration with public arts non-profit Creative Time, is planned to premier on October 7 and promises to “shock, amuse, provoke, even disturb.”

“Be forewarned, Doomocracy will challenge you both physically and mentally and by choosing to enter you will encounter all those ‘mature content’ things you’re usually warned of… and more,” the disclaimer on the project’s Kickstater reads. “Taking place in the midst of a vital moment in history, our project offers the perfect platform and location for dialogue around the contemporary state of global and U.S. politics. Bringing an immersive ‘society is on the verge of complete chaos’ experience to life takes set building, actors, costumes, props… Politics ain’t cheap and the show must (and will!) go on.”

The project’s Kickstarter page offers several ways to get involved. For instance, donating $50 to the project gets backers to “Doomocrocy Party Insider” status which includes a digital exhibition script, bumper sticker, digital edition, a campaign gif and online crediting. A $100 donation will get donors one ticket to the exhibition, a bumper sticker and online crediting. Those willing to shell out $1,000 will become “Doomocrocy Super PAC members,” scoring four tickets to the exhibition, four launch party tickets, your name in the haunted house, a button, a pendant, a bumper sticker and online crediting.

“For over four decades, Creative Time has commissioned ambitious public art projects and made artists’ biggest dreams come true—it’s what we do best,” the non-profit writes. “Now Pedro has entrusted us to bring his worst nightmare to life, and we’re turning to you for help! Just like democracy, Doomocracy takes people-power. Pledge today and become a part of team Doomocracy. The more you give, the more you get. From guaranteed tickets to a private Halloween tour, it’s pay to play politics for an experience you’ll never forget, no matter how hard you try.”

The project currently has 296 backers and has already garnered $56,649 of its $80,000 goal. For more information, visit the project’s Kickstarter page here.

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