Because I want to rebuild trust in myself and my peers, and I want to feel and live as if all our struggles are connected.
“The crisis is not evenly distributed.”
-Kenneth Bailey (of the Design Studio for Social Intervention)
However, we are all connected through it. The Hologram is a peer to peer health protocol, based on the understanding that all our crises are connected and everyone is a little sick. Before the Corona Virus, before Brexit, before Trump, before neoliberal austerity was the norm, before gender violence, before capitalism, before racism and colonialism, we were all connected as an interdependent cooperative species with the powers to heal each other and ourselves.
As Corona Virus spreads through every country, and its death toll rises, The Hologram aims to create a positive health epidemic by offering structured experiences of peer to peer care, trust and cooperation that are necessary and possible in times of desperation, when emergencies, economic and social conditions make health unachievable for most people.
Epidemics show us that as human beings we are all in this together, that what affects one person anywhere affects everyone everywhere. Unfortunately, most of us have learned that our health is our personal responsibility. It is hard to remember that we are part of a cooperative species, and that we are interdependent and connected beyond the harshest divisions we experience of race and ethnicity, age and gender, economic status, and political views.
The social technology behind this project is based on free, experimental care models that were developed in the Social Solidarity Clinics in Greece during the height of the financial and migration crises. From 2011 on, thousands of health professionals and untrained people alike, voluntarily worked together to offer as thousands of Greeks and Refugees access to free high quality care.
The Hologram project was developed by a group of exhausted and anxious US artists, with the hope of bringing some of the solidarity, health, creativity and collective care they saw in Greece back home to the US where the crisis was not acknowledged as such.
Most people in the world experience housing insecurity, inconsistent healthcare, isolation and financial insecurity, racism and other prejudice. We need to establish new ways of centring the production of health and life that will outlast these multiple overlapping crises.