Time/Bank opens in Belgium

Time/Bank opens in Belgium

Time/Bank opens in Belgium
Date
February 14, 2012

STUK arts centre opens the first branch of Time/Bank in Belgium. Initiated by artists Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle in 2009, Time/Bank is a platform that enables people to trade goods and services without using money. Time/Bank allows groups and individuals to collectively exchange their time and skills through the use of credits earned through the bank, as an intermediary and guarantor.

Initially, STUK will present Time/Bank within the context of the Artefact Festival 2012: THE SOCIAL CONTRACT (14-23 February 2012).  After the festival ends, it will stay in STUK till the 18th of March and will later tour in other Belgian cities and M museum in Leuven.

The title and theme of the eleventh edition of Artefact is “The Social Contract”. This term has been used in political and philosophical theories since the 17th century, but still emerges regularly today, in interviews with politicians, political party programs and debates. Even the early adopters of the social contract theory, such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, used and interpreted the concept in different ways. The classic interpretation concerns the relation between the individual as a citizen and a political entity, in which the individual sacrifices part of his freedom and power in order for the state to offer safety and social and economic security to the citizen. But what is the position of the social contract in our current times of crisis in a globalized world?

One of the festival’s main questions is whether we can renegotiate or reform those ‘contracts’. Can we cancel them, rewrite them? The programme focuses on different forms of resistance and imagination. With exhibitions, performances, debates and meetings with international artists, we look for the position and alternatives for The Social Contract in our contemporary information and network society.

Schedule:

February 15: Time/Bank workshop, 2–6pm

February 17: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part I, 2008

February 18: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part II, 2008

February 19: VPRO Backlight, Frankly, we share everything, 2011

February 20: Fritz Lang, Metropolis, 1927

February 21: Anton Vidokle, New York Conversations, 2010

February 22: Claude Faraldo, Themroc, 1973

February 23: Adam Curtis, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, 2011

February 24: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part I, 2008

February 25: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part II, 2008

February 26: VPRO Backlight, Frankly, we share everything, 2011

February 29: Fritz Lang, Metropolis, 1927

March 1: Anton Vidokle, New York Conversations, 2010

March 2: Claude Faraldo, Themroc, 1973

March 3: Adam Curtis, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, 2011

March 4: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part I, 2008

March 7: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part II, 2008

March 8: VPRO Backlight, Frankly, we share everything, 2011

March 9: Fritz Lang, Metropolis, 1927

March 10: Anton Vidokle, New York Conversations, 2010

March 11: Claude Faraldo, Themroc, 1973

March 14: Adam Curtis, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, 2011

March 15: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part I, 2008

March 16: Alexander Kluge, News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx/Eisenstein/The Capital, Part II, 2008

March 17: VPRO Backlight, Frankly, we share everything, 2011

March 18: Fritz Lang, Metropolis, 1927

Category
Capitalism
Subject
Use Value & Exchange Value

Alexander Kluge (b. 1932) is an author, filmmaker, and lawyer. His research and practice revolves around film, literature, social theory, film theory, and political action on various cultural fronts. Kluge is credited with the launch of the New German Cinema movement, and his body of work can be regarded as a continuation of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. His first feature film, Yesterday Girl, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1966. In 1987, Kluge founded the television production company DCTP, which produces independent television slots on German commercial television. In 2008, he presented the almost-nine-hour-long News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx/Eisenstein/Capital—a reinvention of Eisenstein’s unfinished project of filming Capital by Karl Marx. Alexander Kluge’s major works of social criticism include Öffentlichkeit und Erfahrung (Public Sphere and Experience) and History and Obstinacy, both co-written with Oskar Negt. His exhibitions include The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied (Fondazione Prada, Venice, 2017), Pluriversum (Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2017; Belvedere 21, Vienna, 2018). Together with the New York poet Ben Lerner, Kluge published The Snows of Venice in 2018. Just in time for the e-flux program in June 2024, his books The Dragonfly’s Eye - My Virtual Camera (AI) (Spector Books) and War Primer (Seagull Books) will be published in English.

Anton Vidokle is an editor of e-flux journal and chief curator of the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema.

Claude Faraldo (1936-2008) was a French actor, screenwriter, and film director. In addition to Themrock (1973) which he is best known for, Faraldo has written and directed about a dozen disparate and original films, among them Deux lions au soleil (1980) and The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000).

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