[NetBehaviour] Update on the Hologram feminist, peer-to-peer health - part of CreaTures

Ruth Catlow ruthcatlow at gmail.com
Sun Sep 27 16:26:17 CEST 2020

Dear NBers
This week I join the second gathering of the CreaTures
<https://creatures-eu.org/> project (Creative Practices for
Transformational Futures).
We are ecstatic at Furtherfield to be artistic partners in this 3-year
programme as it puts us in collaboration with fantastic artists and
researchers from around the world who focus on the role of creative
practices in moving the world towards socio-ecological sustainability. Our
role is to produce two large scale artworks as the subject of enquiry
about how to support social practices that seek to be transformative. They
are The Hologram <http://thehologram.xyz/>
Cassie Thornton and *The Treaty
by Cade Diehm and myself (in collaboration with a load of other people).
If you want to learn more about the CreaTures partners, people and projects
involved check out this link <https://creatures-eu.org/ >.
On Tuesday I will have the pleasure of talking to the CreaTures team about
the second Hologram Course
thought that some of you might find it interesting too.
This is a LONG email. If you prefer to learn straight from the horse's
mouth, buy the Hologram book.
<https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745343327/the-hologram/> I find it an
enjoyable read full of inspiration and insights into ways to resist the
kinds of network cultures (and the ideas about what constitutes politics
and care) that are fed to us by and about social media platforms.
Background - Furtherfield hosted Cassie in a residency Feb-May this year.
The idea was to provide space and support to develop the format for a
concept she had been working on for a couple of years inspired by
solidarity clinics and integrative health-care systems in the Greek islands
during the 2015 migrant emergency in Greece. The Hologram is an artwork and
a peer to peer feminist healthcare system that is openly anti-capitalist.
Her residency ended up being wrapped in the pandemic, and so she moved
presentations, workshops and the first course that she developed with Lita
Wallis, online. This is all in the book.

As part of CreaTures, she is now running the second course called  '*We
must begin again: Asking for help as a new world*'. And it is this that I
wanted to share some experiences and thoughts about.
First, I need to say a bit more about how the Hologram works.

Someone (called the hologram) asks 3 people if they would agree to join
them in a regular conversation about their wellbeing. It is a long-term

These people form a triangle around the hologram. Over time they build a
multi-dimensional picture of the hologram's wellbeing from 3 different
perspectives: emotional, physical and social. They do this by becoming
curious, listening, and learning how to ask useful questions. Cassie
describes these people as the hologram's medical records. In this way the
hologram teaches the people in their triangle how to care for them - they
are the experts of their own situation. The triangle helps the hologram to
see patterns and find the support they need in many ways, including helping
them with research into particular life-crises as they arise.

The community gathering around this project is creating an experimental
space that is testing a variety of linguistic and bodywork techniques.

Like an inverse pyramid scheme - the value (knowledge, understanding,
healthcare) sits with the person who is the hologram (in a reversal of
professionalised healthcare) - there is no expectation of reciprocation.
This is not a transaction; it is care. It is important that people in the
triangle will also be holograms - so that the knowledge about collective
healthcare can be shared. This is not a replacement for state-healthcare.
It is, however, is more necessary in some parts of the world (USA) than
others - and the process so far has revealed just how stark are the
interconnected problems of debt, racism, access to healthcare, housing.
Also, most vivid - is the emerging crisis of complex trauma amongst
professional healthcare workers themselves.

I'll finish up by saying a few things about this second course:

1. We are working with the CreaTures team to approach the question of
transformation in artworks (I'll let you know how we get on with that).

2. We have a wonderful auto-ethnographic researcher who is taking the
course, and keeping a journal of her experience of the course itself. This
teaches Cassie and Lita a huge amount about what happens inside one

3. We will be having conversations about the question of "audience" for
this work - and I'm not yet sure what I will have to say about this. But
there is something about a work that is co-created by its own audience -
and any other audience is perhaps irrelevant.

4. This course which is run on Zoom, is built around group exercises on 4
very potent themes: Trust, Wishes, Time, Patterns. You can probably imagine
just how potent this is in the context of pandemic futures.

I hope you are all well!
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