Cassie Thornton is a feminist economist and artist working under the title of the Feminist Economics Department (the FED).
Her work investigates and reveals the impact of governmental and economic systems on public affect,
behavior, and unconscious, with a focus on debt and security. Thornton is engaged in a long term
project to reveal debt to be an idea, a common experience, and a cause for solidarity rather than fear.
Since 2011, she has met with over 100 people affected by debt and has led them to imagine and
describe their debt as a physical form. These debt visualizations are being collected and turned into
soundtracks, archived texts, and three-dimensional objects. With this project, the abstract (in this case
debt) is translated into a metaphor, and the metaphor may be confronted as a way to learn how to
think about and absolve one’s relationship with their debt.
Other projects include Fedora Archive, the name of a series of fictional students played by actresses
who perform public breakdowns about debt and corruption at educational institutions. In 2012, the
FED opened a BEAUTY SALON that offered services by artists that heal economic wounds in
exchange for time. POETS’ SECURITY FORCE is a work program that trains security guards to
consider their own security and aims to protect human vulnerability. STRIKE DEBT RADIO is a 10
minute radio segment that discusses the ins and outs of debt and money, and occasionally uses the
radio waves to send debt to space.
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