For Psychic Architecture (review here), a wall has been built near the gallery’s entrance, instantiating an obstacle that can be broken through in pursuit of a new form of care. Visitors to the gallery will encounter this wall through a procedure regarding their healthcare status. During the course of the show, two demolitions will occur: the first will be part of Secret Chakra; the second will take place in a private therapeutic ritual as part of a new model for radical non-hierarchical care, The Hologram—radical care project.
When visitors enter the exhibition, they walk directly into a wall. Stationed just beside this psychic architecture, a receptionist asks the visitor for a copy of their Insurance Card, which she will hold for the duration of their visit. The receptionist’s explanation, “We are going to keep this stuff out of the show” is meant to protect the rest of the exhibition, which includes many nascent experiments with de-financialized, decolonized care. Upon leaving the exhibit, the receptionist returns the insurance card, and provides a receipt for the infinite payment that the visitor had already unconsciously paid to the visitor– for a wall they never wanted.
In Secret Chakra– feminist economics yoga, by partnering visualization and embodiment exercises with radical financial literacy, Thornton aims to show people that financialization, while now a ubiquitous social form, is not natural, eternal, or personal. Rather, it is a process in which social necessities—like healthcare, education, housing, and food—are turned into profit-generators that have little to do with sustaining life. For most involved in the process, obtaining access to life-giving necessities requires going into debt. In the process of the yoga class, crowbars were distributed and the psychic architecture was demolished.
Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time:
Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying
March 31 – May 13, 2017
At EFA Project Space
Artists: Fia Backström, Jesse Cohen and Carolyn Lazard with Canaries, Danilo Correale, Jen Liu, Zavé Martohardjono, Sondra Perry, Carrie Schneider, Cassie Thornton, and Constantina Zavitsanos
Curated by: Taraneh Fazeli
Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying focuses on how the body is articulated in various discourses oriented around health. (Note: “Crip” is a political reclaiming of the derogatory label “cripple.”) It proposes that better incorporation of the states of debility, disability, and rest into society (particularly their temporalities) could be resistive to forms of oppression and provide possibilities for rethinking collectivity.