Bad Support, Collective Psychic Architecture

Bad Support, Collective Psychic Architecture

In Collective Psychic Architecture, Thornton’s audio guide leads us through an obstacle course of malfunctioning supports, which are embodied in a series of seats, walls, doorways, pedestals, and columns that direct and scatter viewers through the second iteration of Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying curated by Taraneh Fazeli, curator in residence at Bemis Center for the Arts. For Thornton, the arduous process of obtaining life-sustaining necessities that results in financial debt is a form of “bad support” and like a hitting a wall. Thornton calls these walls that everyone experiences (although often in isolation) “collective psychic...
“Whatever it costs to defend our security and whatever it costs to defend our freedom… we owe it to our children”

“Whatever it costs to defend our security and whatever it costs to defend our freedom… we owe it to our children”

Not only did Wall Street cause the 2008 financial crisis and get off scot free, their regime of debt has ruined lives and destroyed communities. It’s also poisoned the art world and overseen a shift towards precarious employment and life in the arts and cultural sector and beyond.  Isn’t it time for revenge? In her contribution to New York’s Flux Factory’s Debt Positive exhibition in June of 2016, Thornton sought to actualize this dream by creating a series of cursed watercolor paintings of holes in walls created by meteors that were placed in financial offices throughout the United States, opening...