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Cassie Thornton



Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop

523 SE Morrison Street

Portland, OR 97214

ROCK is a sci-fi thriller, presented as a lecture and book by Cassie Thornton with support from RECESS in our Moving Out series. ROCK investigates the role debt plays in our everyday lives. Tension and inquiry about debt are relieved by themes of outer space.


ROCK is the story of a mass that is unable to be valued, because it is simultaneously a physical piece of debt and a meteorite. In this story, which began to unravel in 2011, Cassie Thornton experiences the impact of indebtedness on her unconscious while she yearns to feel the infinity offered by outer space. If debt were a meteorite—a condensed and heavy, physical thing—could it be thrown at the debt ceiling (which has replaced the ozone layer around the earth)? Imagine debt leaving earth, breaking through into a different, epic value system. Imagine a life in which the debt doesn't just loom over our heads or cloud our thoughts. If we could follow the debt into space, would we escape this hard landscape that does not support life over profit?




Cassie Thornton is an artist who is sometimes referred to as the Feminist Economics Department (the FED) and who works in collusion with Strike Debt in Oakland, California. 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. Cassie’s recent works offer regular people an alternative route to find “financial success” by making opportunities for them to develop and honor complex personal narratives that replace credit scores, for dreams to weigh heavier than data, and for value to stand up and divorce that nasty cheating money.

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info [at] recessart [dot] com

Thank you... Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti