Cassie Thornton

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Physical Audit, 2012

Banks, dirt, dancers, paper, video, Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable

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Physical Audit begins with a casual meeting outside of a bank, where 8 dancers wash their hands. They enter the bank together, touching everything, and request a meeting to open a ‘collective’ savings account. Everything that happens while they are in the bank is an opportunity for the performers to touch as much as possible: they stretch and touch as much as they can, and accumulate dirt on their hands. At the conclusion of the performance, dancers rub the dirt from their hands onto paper. They have a difficult, memorable, irrational experience in this disembodied space. The action of touching is that of physical activation and citizen observation, but is neither aggressive nor intrusive– at best it will extend what seems possible within a financial institution.

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