Time/Food restaurant at Abrons Arts Center

Time/Food restaurant at Abrons Arts Center

On Saturday, September 24, Time/Bank will open Time/Food, a New York City branch in the form of a temporary restaurant on the Lower East Side, offering daily lunch in exchange for time credits and time currency that you can earn by helping others in the Time/Bank community.

The Time/Food restaurant, located at Abrons Arts Center at 466 Grand Street, will be open for lunch service September 24–October 16, 2011, Thursdays through Sundays, from 1–3 pm. There will be a changing menu of meals prepared with recipes provided by a group of artists who like to cook, including Martha Rosler, Carolina Caycedo, Julieta Aranda, Paul Chan, Lawrence Weiner, Ingrid Erstad, Liam Gillick, WAGE (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), Carlos Motta, Superflex, Pierre Huyghe, Alejandro Cesarco, Mariana Silva, Raqs Media Collective, AA Bronson, Anton Vidokle, Sina Najafi/Cabinet, Jason Sinopoli, and others. On Sunday, September 25, the guest chef will be Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Time/Food is a fully functional restaurant inspired by the Mexican comida corrida—informal restaurants serving home-style meals of several courses at a fixed price, between about 1 and 3 pm. The price of a meal at Time/Food is One Half Hour.

Functioning both as a visualization of a parallel economy and as its pragmatic deployment, Time/Food is one of several new branches of Time/Bank—a platform that enables groups and individuals to collectively exchange their time and skills through the use of credits earned through the bank, as an intermediary and guarantor, and without the use of money. With a growing pool of more than two thousand participants around the world, Time/Bank aims to create an immaterial currency and a parallel micro-economy for the cultural community, one that will create a sense of worth for many of the exchanges that already take place within the art field. Time/Bank was initiated by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle in 2009.

Time/Food is commissioned by Creative Time for the exhibition Living as Form curated by Nato Thompson. Many thanks to GrowNYC for providing fresh produce!

Living as Form is an international project exploring over twenty years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement. 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. Presented by New York City-based public art organization Creative Time, the project brings together twenty-five 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.

Time/Food, Rirkrit Tiravanija cooking for Time/Food, Abrons Arts Center, New York, 2011. Photo by Julieta Aranda.

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