Feminist Economics: Dismantling the Collective Psychic Architecture of Financialization

A performative lecture from Cassie Thornton.

Photo copyright Cassie Thornton

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


April 21, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



“Is it just me, or does everything that supports your thriving ultimately destroy your thriving?”

Cassie Thornton of The Feminist Economics Department will present a performative lecture that surveys three recent projects, where she presses her whole extended body against the glass and reinforced steel of the present regime of financialization.

It’s not only that most institutional support for anyone in need is bad (and that to have needs is bad), it’s also that all these forms of support are in fact created to generate speculative profit for others. From teaching feminist economics yoga, to installing collective psychic architecture, and developing a mythical feminist cryptocurrency, Thornton produces experimental pedagogy that readies collaborators, viewers and victims for revenge a future society that promotes and supports collective life over individualized techno-capital.

Thornton will provide context for her recent project called The People’s Virtual Reality (2018), currently on view as part of the exhibition You had to be there, an analog virtual reality experience of the oppressive techno financial landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area where players “just can’t feel the bliss or whatever.”  


6:30pm — doors open
7–8pm — performance
9pm — doors close


Cassie Thornton

Photograph by and with permission of Max HaivenCassie Thornton is a feminist economist and artist working under the title of the Feminist Economics Department (the FED). Miranda Mellis wrote: “Her genius is simple, but not easy: she tries to find the soft spots, the loopholes, the places of possibility and sets up shop exactly where things seem the most intractable and impossible.” Cassie is co-director of RiVAL in Thunder Bay, Canada.