Fri, 11 Dec 2020, 18:00 (GMT)
Eyebeam, New York (USA)
Online event organized in partnership with Eyebeam
Organized in partnership with Pluto Press, artists Cassie Thornton (Eyebeam Rapid Response Phase 1 Fellow) and Tina Zavitsanos will reflect on their shared attention around holograms, debt, and care and Thornton’s recently published pamphlet, The Hologram: Peer to Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future, included in the Vagabonds series, edited by Max Haiven.
Both artists will consider Thornton’s central question, “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?”
This book launch is a place for that conversation between two people who have been ricocheting their lasers of attention off of similar emotional objects in different places, for decades, and will conclude with a question and answer session moderated by Eyebeam’s Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Project Manager, Kemi Sijuwade-Ukadike.
The event will take place on Zoom with live-captioning and ASL interpretation. Please indicate additional requests with registration for this event, or contact [email protected] Following the event, transcripts will be available upon request to increase access. RSVPs will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. This event will be recorded.
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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. Cassie has invented a grassroots alternative credit reporting service for the survivors of gentrification, has hypnotized hedge fund managers, has finger-painted with the grime found inside banks, has donated cursed paintings to profiteering bankers, and has taught feminist economics to yogis (and vice versa). Her new book is available from Pluto Press called The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future. She is currently the co-director of the Re-Imagining Value Action Lab in Thunder Bay, an art and social centre at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.
Tina has expanded the contract of their school loan and stacked it and their ancestor’s debt through two floors of the New Museum, set up a summer sweepstakes of VISA credit cards loaded with the funds from a class action lawsuit against the NYPD for giveaway to the public in the lobby, staged a three card monte takeaway of gold bullion bars in a Swiss kunsthalle, built an interferometer by reading “how to do quantum physics at home” in order to entangle photons at Artists Space alongside a performed ancient ritual for removing evil eye on a synthesizer ripple machine, conducted an architectural seance at Studio X Columbia University, displayed years of sleep, rest, and recreation with many via their own bed at the Brooklyn Museum in touch tours for Blind and Low Vision audiences, and sculpted a solo show from low frequency laser waves and infrasonic sound waves at Participant Inc conjuring the space’s past time as a sex club with its interference and access today, and cohosted the largest cross-disabilty arts festival on the east coast til the next one.
Kemi Sijuwade-Ukadike is interested in creating tools and content for marginalized communities. Her work centers around creative technology management, digital accessibility, as well as propagating African makers and their work. She is currently working on two websites: an African news website, as well as further developing Africa Maker. Kemi is the Project Manager for the Rapid Response fellowship at Eyebeam. She previously worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she was the Digital Accessibility Fellow (2020). Kemi holds a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Psychology from NYU.
Artist Acknowledgements: This project is developing with the ongoing support of Furtherfield, London’s longest-running (de)centre for art and technology. The project also receives attention and support from Eyebeam, CreaTureS (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures), pirate.care, De Fabriek Eindhoven, and from many individuals including Lita Wallis, Max Haiven, Ruth Catlow, Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelová, Tyler Rai, Taraneh Fazeli, Michelle Levy, Tara Spalty, and so so many others.
A radical new approach to health and caregiving in the age of COVID-19.