Course

Who cares for the caregivers?

“Who cares for the caregivers?” is the question we will focus on in our third course from The Hologram. The Hologram is an idea, a practice, an experiment designed by a group of artists and activists, and a growing community. We work with optimism for what is possible through radical planning and hardcore cooperation, and antagonistic towards the systems that make it so hard to live right now.

In a series of six online sessions we will practice and discuss the social skills, values, and priorities that are central to the Hologram model. Each person will leave the course empowered to assemble and participate in their own Hologram. In this project, the person who articulates their needs and asks for support is our teacher.

The course will take place on six consecutive Tuesdays, starting February 2 and finishing on March 9th. Each session will run from 6pm-9pm London Time, [1-4pm Thunder Bay (Eastern Standard Time)], and [1-4am Singapore Time], online.

Contact cooperativespecies@gmail.com if you need any further information or assistance.
Apply to join the course here.
More info below.

[An apparently old etching hosts at its center a figure in head scarf and robe holding a giant triangle that appears translucent and covers the face and body of one of their companions whilst their other companion is seated in long skirt and head wrap with a shield. The three are gathered under a thatched form or tree with branches and leaves above in a canopy. In the background are fields and shelter, some reeds and a rising or setting luminary; in the foreground is a pond with two close swans whose necks almost make the shape of a heart. In the corners of the image are four small stamps that host an insect in a web, a winged insect on a branch, a snake in grass, and a caterpillar on a leaf respectively. The vibe is very “we have always had this. it was given us, by us, for us. we are each other’s means without ends.” Image description by Tina Zavitzanos]

What is The Hologram? The premise is simple: three people – the ‘Triangle’ – meet on a regular basis, to listen to and support the physical, mental and social health of a fourth person – the ‘Hologram’. The Hologram, in turn, teaches these listeners how to give and also receive care. When they are ready, the Hologram will support them to each set up their own triangle, and so the system expands. This social technology is based on the experimental care models developed in the Social Solidarity Clinics in Greece during the height of the financial and migration crisis. The result is the construction of a robust multidimensional health network, collectively-oriented social practices, and trust that can outlive capitalism. Its protocol ensures that all caretakers are cared for, and regards properly supporting someone else’s wellbeing as therapeutic in itself. The Hologram is a mythoreal viral distribution system for non-expert healthcare, practiced from couches around the world. 

Who can apply? Anyone may apply to this course. We will prioritize people who work in a healthcare setting as a careworker, nurse, doctor, receptionist, or staff. However, with the goal of producing a positive experience for participants, we will aim to line up a group that is culturally diverse, intergenerational, with a wide array of backgrounds and experience. People who applied for earlier courses will also be prioritized.

When and where does it happen? The course will take place on six consecutive Tuesdays, starting February 2 and finishing on March 9th. Each session will run from 6pm-9pm London Time, [1-4pm Thunder Bay (Eastern Standard Time)], and [1-4am Singapore Time], online. 

Contact cooperativespecies@gmail.com if you need any further information or assistance.
Apply to join the course here. 

What happens in the course? In this Hologram course, people from all over the world are invited to study and practice what it means to organize care for themselves, especially if they work as a professional caretaker. In this course, participants will be guided through a process to remember together why and how to ask for support even if it seems like too much work, too much time, and with too few resources. Part of making this possible is that we must ensure that our supporters are supported. 

As the dominating world systems crumble around us, including health systems, we invite people to design long-lasting systems for support and solidarity that can ensure that caretakers can outlast the coming social, economic and planetary emergencies. Participants in the course will experiment with how to organize and value the support they need to experience stability, and to seek the transformations they need in order to be healthy. We believe that our collective stability and health will allow us to abolish destructive systems  while we imagine and practice new ways of being that make us feel powerful, together, and free.

Is this my last chance? No! As you consider whether you would like to apply, it may be helpful to know that our next course will run in the mid/late Spring (dates TBC), and this one will be aimed at – though not exclusively for – people who identify as men. This is because we have identified that the world in which we live presents particular challenges for people who are socialised as men to access and provide emotional support. This course will be open for people of all genders, though we prioritise places for people who identify as men, and some of the course content will be focussed on using the Hologram as a lens to examine masculinity.

We want to work together with you to remind ourselves what we have been forced to forget: how to be a cooperative, interdependent species.

About the Facilitators

Cassie Thornton is an artist and activist who makes a “safe space” for the unknown, for disobedience and for unanticipated collectivity. She uses social practices including institutional critique, insurgent architecture, and “healing modalities” like hypnosis and yoga to find soft spots in the hard surfaces of capitalist life. Cassie has invented a grassroots alternative credit reporting service for the survivors of gentrification, has hypnotized hedge fund managers, has finger-painted with the grime found inside banks, has donated cursed paintings to profiteering bankers, and has taught feminist economics to yogis (and vice versa). Her new book is available from Pluto Press called The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post Pandemic Future. She is currently the co-director of the Re-Imagining Value Action Lab in Thunder Bay, an art and social centre at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.

Lita Wallis is a youth worker, organiser, and informal educator based in London. Whether in work or her personal life, Lita has spent much of her time experimenting with different shapes of supportive relationships (eg., cooperatives, triangles, flows and webs.) She is still working on ways to build sustainable support networks that challenge isolating social norms, and then how to commit to them in a social context that is so hostile to putting down roots. Four years ago she and two friends made a lifelong commitment to The Tripod, a platonic support system, which aims to provide much of the financial, emotional and housing support that many people end up relying on couple relationships for. She hopes to bring some learning from this experience, plus some seeds of inspiration from her work with young people and her avid sci-fi habit, to set founding Hologram members fourth in good stead.

 

 

The Hologram is part of Furtherfield’s three-year Citizen Sci-Fi programme crowdsourcing creative and technological visions of our communities and public spaces, together. 2020 is the year of Love Machines, nurturing living and machine systems for mutual care and respect on earth and beyond. 
Through Furtherfield, this course is in collaboration with CreaTures - Creative Practices for Transformational Futures. CreaTures promotes action for social and ecological sustainability by identifying those aspects of creative practice that contribute most effectively to socio-cultural transformation and producing an open-access framework to support practitioners and policy-makers in driving positive change. https://creatures-eu.org/ The CreaTures project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Community.
We are a cooperative species.