Time/Bank is a tool for people in the arts to get things done without using money. Started by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle last September, Time/Bank is an international community of more than 1,500 artists, curators, writers, and others in the field of art who are interested in developing a parallel economy based on exchange of time and skills. Time/Food is a temporary eatery that operates on the Time/Bank economic system — a platform where individuals can pool time and skills, bypassing money as a means of value — allowing visitors to pay for their lunch in exchange for time credits and time currency earned by helping others in the Time/Bank community. The restaurant will offer a changing daily menu of meals prepared using recipes provided by a group of artists who like to cook, including Martha Rosler, AA Bronson, Liam Gillick, Mariana Silva, Anton Vidokle, Judi Werthein,Rirkrit Tiravanija, Julieta Aranda, W.A.G.E., Carlos Motta, and many more.
Lunch is served Thursday through Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Abrons Arts Center.
Time/Bank Restaurant is commissioned by Creative Time for the exhibition Living as Form, curated by Nato Thompson. Living as Form provides a broad look at a vast array of socially engaged practices that appear with increasing regularity in fields ranging from theater to activism, and urban planning to visual art. The project brings together 25 curators, documents over 100 artists’ projects in a large-scale survey exhibition inside the historic Essex Street Market building, features nine new commissions in the surrounding neighborhood, and provides a dynamic online archive of over 350 socially engaged projects.