Pushing Debt out of the Unconscious, a ritual

Pushing Debt out of the Unconscious, a ritual

Text from A Soft Spot in a Hard Place, an edited book by Zachary Gough. I was at a Strike Debt meeting in New York in the summer of 2012 when two women came up to me and said, “Are you the Cassie that makes art about debt?” And I said, “Yeah.” And they said, “We’ve been looking for you.” A different kind of debt collection. These two women were Laurel Ptak and Leigh Claire La Barge, curators of To Have and to Owe. After several meetings with the duo, I realized that this project was more than symbolic. Laurel was...
Fedora Archive

Fedora Archive

The intended function of this character, was to enact the most informed, poignant and disruptive mental and emotional breakdowns possible in any conceivable scenario within the school.   Fedora Archive is a San Francisco based artist, dancer, actor, and dramatherapist, invented by Cassandra Thornton, played by Lara Gold. Fedora was a fictional student in the MFA Fine Arts Program at California College of the Arts, who graduated in May 2012. Her work was to perform dramatic and precise breakdowns about the financial and emotional precarity of pursuing an MFA. fedorarchives.tumblr.com
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...