Workshop - Cassie Thornton: The Hologram
Cassie Thornton: The Hologram. Collective Health as a “Beautiful Art Work”
The Artist Cassie Thornton of the Feminist Economics Department (the FED), will discuss The Hologram, a mythoreal collective peer-to-peer health project. The Hologram, based on the understanding that all our crises are connected and everyone is a little sick, is a viral four-person health monitoring and diagnostic system practiced from couches all over the world.
Three non-expert participants create a three-dimensional “hologram” of a fourth participant’s physical, psychological and social health, and each becomes, in turn, the focus of three other people’s care in an expanding network.
This health distribution system is based on the experimental care models developed in the Social Solidarity Clinics in Greece during the height of the financial and migration crisis. The result is the construction of a robust network of multi-dimensional health, collectively oriented social practices, and trust that can outlive racial capitalism.
This workshop will be divided in two parts with a break in the centre. The first hour will include introductions, a 25 minute presentation with time for questions. After a short break, participants will be guided through a radical anti-capitalist visualization paired with vigorous arm movements and breath. Afterward the exercise, we will hold small group discussions followed by a closing Q&A. The second half of the workshop is not required, but all participants are invited and encouraged to stay as long as they want. All exercises can be modified in case participants have mobility challenges. Please feel free to contact us beforehand if there are accessibility concerns of any kind.
This project is currently incubating at Furtherfield Gallery in London with support and collaboration with Pirate Care. An upcoming book about the project will be available from Pluto Press, https://vagabonds.xyz/.
Cassie Thornton is an artist and activist who makes a “safe space” for the unknown, for disobedience and for unanticipated collectivity. She uses social practices including institutional critique, insurgent architecture, and “healing modalities” like hypnosis and yoga to find soft spots in the hard surfaces of capitalist life.
All sessions will be held in English and conducted via Zoom – you will receive an invitation link after your registration.
Please note that sessions might be (partially) recorded and published. We will provide you with more details soon.
Registration and further information: [email protected]
The talk is part of a series of online talks and workshops with practitioners of Pirate Care within the exhibition “…of bread, wine, cars, security and peace”.
Pirate Care is mapping collective practices that are emerging in response to the various aspects of the neoliberal crisis of care, ranging from the criminalisation of migration to the rollback of reproductive rights or the introduction of workfare regimes. In a series of online talks and workshops practitioners of Pirate Care will share their insights and knowledge about strategies to collectivise care labour in imaginative ways.