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The Hologram

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

Cassie Thornton

July 2020

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.

Table of Contents

Editors' preface (Max Haiven)


Contextualizing The Hologram (Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova)

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Feminist Economics and the People’s Apocalypse

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Art, Debt, Health, and Care (interview with Marc Garrett)

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A Different Medicine is Possible: A visit to Greece’s Solidarity Clinics

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Trust, Wishes, Time and Patterns: A Four-Part Course

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How to Form and Sustain a Hologram

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Reflections from Hologram participants

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The Future of the Hologram, a post-Wikipedia Entry

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What comes after Covid? How do we address the naked, class-based and racial inequalities exposed by the plague? Is it conceivable that an aesthetic of mutual care is the singular cure for this mademic, which is anything but a strictly natural catastrophe?

Artist and activist Cassie Thornton proposes just such a healing hypothesis in The Hologram, a work that is part diagnosis, part prescription, and an altogether politically prismatic and speculative toolbox for “dehabituating humans from capitalism.”

It could not come at a more necessary moment

The Hologram is a powerful and beautiful tool for people and societies in movement.

It helps us see how moments of crisis give rise to new forms of solidarity and connectedness. It exemplifies what we as scholars, artists, and peoples in movement can do to share these stories, learn from them, and expand them in our own locations to transform… everything!

Inspired by the Greek Social Solidarity Clinics, The Hologram brings the reader on a journey into what we can reimagine and remake together. Join this journey: you will be transformed.

Gregory Sholette

Author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture and Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism

Marina Sitrin

Author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina and co-editor of Pandemic Solidarity
Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis

The Hologram is an imaginative intervention that proposes a collective model for health care as a process of political transformation.

With the Covid-19 pandemic we have seen that the systems of care that prevail in capitalism do not work.

The Hologram offers an inspiring solution

Melanie Gilligan

Artist and writer