Social Medicine for a Cooperative Species

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  • A viral four-person health monitoring and diagnostic system practiced from couches all over the world.
  • Three non-expert participants create a three-dimensional “hologram” of a fourth participant’s physical, psychological and social health, and each becomes, in turn, the focus of three other people’s care in an expanding network.
  • Anyone who is interested.
  • Those whose precariousness and fear of the (non-) future is the most reliable part of their life.
  • Those who have what they need but still feel a disconnect between what they believe in and what they are able to do to create health for themselves and others.
  • Everyone in between.

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.

  • For times like these
  • When the unknown feels like a huge scary place
  • When we need to build networks and practices that can sustain us as communities and as individuals
  • As everything around us crumbles and changes form
  • This health distribution system is based on the experimental care models developed in the Social Solidarity Clinics in Greece during the height of the financial and migration crisis.
  • It was grown and mutated by a group of exhausted and anxious US artists, organizers and healers who experienced housing insecurity, inconsistent healthcare and massive debt, forced to scrounge and scam for care in between gigs.
  • The Hologram now lives on by different names with and through these people in venues all over the world. 
  • It is currently an art project by Cassie Thornton, being incubated in collaboration with Furtherfield Gallery (London, UK) within a massive art residency called the Corona Virus Pandemic.
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All our crises 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.