Synopsis: The Hologram’s online work began almost exactly after the moment when the day before became “life before.” And when we sat, minds racing in our homes and thinking and fearing the unthinkable, the Hologram was already in motion. One part art, one part activism and one part science fiction, Cassie Thornton, Shawn Chua and Lauren Klein describe their process of seizing and repurposing platforms to create a desperately needed and blossoming practice based support structure.
As the exploitative, capitalist and patriarchal system of labour reveals its failures, and alternative models of working together thrive to emerge, designing sustainable systems for support and solidarity is an endeavour to be capillary embraced. For this year’s Radical Film Assembly, Arts of the Working Class proposes a future with L’Union des Refusés, inviting everyone to question their positions in the neoliberal labour system, and to experience the social medicine of mutual care.
Initiated by AWC in January 2021, L’Union des Refusés is a non bureaucratic union which aims to bring together fragmented people and institutions and provide a safe structure for workers to transgress the exploitative labor conditions to which they are submitted. The structure of L’Union des Refusés is based on The Hologram, a mythoreal viral redistribution system for non-expert healthcare, practiced around the world, initiated by Cassie Thronton. Three people – the ‘Triangle’ – meet on a regular basis to focus on the physical, mental and social health of a fourth – the ‘Hologram’. The Hologram, in turn, teaches how to give and also receive care, bringing back the joy of vulnerability and the strength of mutuality in our hypercompetitive times.
The duration of a Minimum Viable Hologram session is of circa 60 minutes. Due to limited capacity, please send an email until August 25 to email@example.com for your participation.
Find out more about the practice of The Hologram, here: