Projects

Debt Visualizations

Debt Visualizations

The debt visualization project involves leading participants to imagine their debt as a substance, a thing, or a space. It is a way to witness the impact of economics on the unconscious, specifically the experience of holding, witnessing, or fearing predatory corporate debts. The process itself is essentially a discussion of the participant’s experiences with money or with owing; personal stories or objective thoughts about debt followed by a guided visualization. The material generated through this process is a transcription of a conversation that weaves the conscious and unconscious, intellectual and physical experience of debt. Cassie and other members of...
Feminist 3D Reproduction

Feminist 3D Reproduction

Feminist Reproduction designed by the Feminist Economics Department, in collaboration with Miki Foster. In something like a post-apocalyptic TED talk, the FEMINIST REPRODUCTION workshop demonstrates concrete possibilities for new ways of learning, understanding and using technology to reorient ideas of value. We will deal with the way we work with machines as we question how machines work to change what is possible, what is expected, what is normalized, and what we value. What is ‘extruded’ in the workshop is the development of a feminist way of participating with and questioning technology, value, and progress. We will use the ‘Replicator 2’...
Teaching Artist Union

Teaching Artist Union

Developed in 2008 with Maya Erdelyi-Perez and Helki Franzen, the Teaching Artist Union was an experimental feminist union that explored notions of support and collectivity for teaching artists working precariously within non-profits serving ‘at risk populations’ in public and private schools, institutions, museums, and other communities. It was an honor to be profiled in Dark Matter by Greg Sholette and included in Art Work Newspaper by Temporary Services. Please print, sign, and ‘laminate’ the membership card below.  Mission Statement: The Teaching Artist Union is composed of NYC artists who teach as a part of their creative practice. With this union, we aim...
No Justice No Service

No Justice No Service

This one day festival took place at the LAB in San Francisco’s Mission District, a former unemployment office.  “No Justice No Service took several forms as part demonstration, performance, teach in, and even yoga studio to highlight the fight for adjunct unionization. The event brought people from various struggles together in an effort to continue engagement and foster connection between labor unions, fight for 15, #blm/black.seed, income inequality, student debt and more. The connections fostered have continued between the various groups and constituencies via relationship building and exploring how these struggles are interconnected. “ -Irina Contreras, Artist, School and Community...
Barter Checks

Barter Checks

  These barter checks are part of a new type of credit rating, where one can accrue ‘cred’ by following through with their promises, as documented through these checks. Little promissory notes with images of crying stock brokers in 2008, they are available for barter or sale. They were printed and bound at Guide to Kulchur with support provided by SPACES in Cleveland.
Give Me Cred Glow

Give Me Cred Glow

This sign was made as part of Give Me Cred, an auxiliary credit reporting project.This sign was made while in residence at SPACES in Cleveland. It was sold in an auction without my permission in a very challenging situation. If you have this sign, please contact me.  
The FED Beauty Salon

The FED Beauty Salon

In 2012 the FED BEAUTY SALON was hosted by Ictus Gallery, a storefront in the Mission, where artists offered experimental beauty services to confront inequity and suffering. The experimental and subversive range of beauty services offered by the artists were developed to expose, discuss, and communally exorcise inner damage caused by the financialization of everything– and while nothing was free, nothing costed money. Resident Beauticians helped clients conceptualize, vocalize, externalize ‘how they got screwed’ in a free market, offering the opportunity for clients to unbury and beautify suffering that is physical, mental, or emotional. Since its original home at Ictus Gallery, it has also been opened on campus...
The Debt to Space Program

The Debt to Space Program

Debt 2 Space uses screaming as a method to transmit feelings of limitation as inspired by all types of financial requirements to space. Recordings of screams are delivered to space when they are played on the radio.  The sonic waves are exported from earth when they are transformed into radio waves, which reach the sun in about 8 minutes after they are broadcast. This piece has been played or displayed on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, CA, KBOO FM in Portland, OR, at Royal Nonesuch Gallery, e-flux in NYC, at Portland State University, and at RECESS PDX. KPFA: https://soundcloud.com/cassie-thornton/debt2space-commercial KBOO: https://soundcloud.com/cassie-thornton/debt2space-interview-and...
Security Flows

Security Flows

According to Daniel Solove, privacy is the power to conceal information about oneself that others might use to our disadvantage. Privacy is a right to conceal discreditable facts about ones’ self. We don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable to competition through revealing our finances. We don’t see the government as a threat, but we do feel vulnerable to our peers. Is it because government is too big to care? HE ALSO SITES: Thomas Emerson declares that privacy ““is based upon premises of individualism, that the society exists to promote the worth and the dignity of the individual. . . ....
Give Me Cred! (under the table)

Give Me Cred! (under the table)

For The Makeover Exhibition at Southern Exposure in San Francisco in 2015, I built an office under a very large table. In the office, Give Me Cred, an alternative credit rating agency produced auxiliary credit reports for people who were having trouble getting an apartment lease, a job, or a loan due to a low credit score or no credit score. “Our agent will meet with you to understand your personal story, and we will work with you to translate your experience into a document that you can use to prove your trustworthiness to a potential landlord, employer, or lender.”...

Our Bundles, Our Selves

This book is the culmination of a half-year of research on the material of debt. The development of the book has asked many people to act with extreme intimacy and trust in an age of the privatization of everything. This is a collection of transcripts from graduate fine art students at California College of the Arts who disclosed their economic and psychic financial information through a scripted visualization process. This is an enormous and radical undertaking, one that would not be possible without the back-breaking compliance of the school and the immeasurable support of students and staff. We have been...
CRED book cover

CRED book cover

Annie Mclanahan’s new book is to come out this summer. In it she writes about Give Me Cred. Here’s the cover with an image of the CRED sign I made while at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. If you have this sign, you should contact me because I want it back– it was sold without my permission.
Affordable Luxury SF Real Estate

Affordable Luxury SF Real Estate

Very excited to be a part of an exhibition at ProArts in Oakland about Home this summer. As a Bay Area resident with no address, it is a very potent time for me to think about home. (I’m not homeless, but I’m not paying rent anywhere.) Last summer I was walking around downtown SF with Aurora Crispin, when we passed the Salesforce Tower construction site. We asked the construction workers if they would give us some of what they were digging up. Like the real SF below the new SF. They told us to get a truck because they hit...