Physical Audit

Physical Audit

Physical Audit begins with a casual meeting outside of a bank, where 8 dancers wash their hands. They enter the bank together, touching everything, and request a meeting to open a ‘collective’ savings account. Everything that happens while they are in the bank is an opportunity for the performers to touch as much as possible: they stretch and touch as much as they can, and accumulate dirt on their hands. At the conclusion of the performance, dancers rub the dirt from their hands onto paper. They have a difficult, memorable, irrational experience in this disembodied space. The action of touching...
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.”...