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The Hologram

The Hologram

Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future

Cassie Thornton

Series: Vagabonds



(with free eBook)



A radical new approach to health and caregiving in the age of COVID-19.

In an era when capitalism leaves so many to suffer and to die, with neoliberal 'self-care' offering little more than a bandaid, how can we take health and care back into our hands? In The Hologram, Cassie Thornton puts forward a bold vision for revolutionary care: a viral, peer-to-peer feminist health network.

The premise is simple: three people - a 'triangle' - meet on a regular basis, digitally or in person, to focus on the physical, mental and social health of a fourth - the 'hologram'. The hologram, in turn, teaches their caregivers how to give and also receive care; each member of their triangle becomes a hologram for another, different triangle, and so the system expands.

Drawing on radical models developed in the Greek solidarity clinics during a decade of crisis, and directly engaging with discussions around mutual aid and the coronavirus pandemic, The Hologram develops the skills and relationships we desperately need for the anti-capitalist struggles of the present, and the post-capitalist society of the future. One part art, one part activism, one part science fiction, this book offers the reader a guide to establishing a Hologram network as well as reflections on this cooperative work in progress.

Cassie Thornton is an artist and activist from the US, currently living in Canada. She refers to herself as a feminist economist, and is the co-director of the Re-Imagining Value Action Lab in Thunder Bay, an art and social centre at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.

1. Becoming Holographic: Inspirations and Contexts - Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova
2. Feminist Economics and the People's Apocalypse
3. Art, Debt, Health and Care - Interview with Marc Garrett
4. A Different Medicine is Possible: A Visit to Greece's Solidarity Clinics
5. Trust, Wishes, Time and Patterns: A Four-Part Course for Would-be Holograms
6. How to Form and Sustain a Hologram
7. Reflections from Hologram Participants
8. The Future of the Hologram, a Post-Wikipedia Entry
Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745343327
eBook ISBN: 9780745343235

96 pages

110mm x 215mm