Time is money. But money is rarely time. Unless of course you're familiar with the e-Flux Time/Bank project by artists Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle. Along with other local currency movements, the e-Flux Time/Bank offers users a platform to directly exchange their labor for future time credits. The first local currency in the United States began with artist Paul Glover in Ithaca, NY, in 1991. Using "Ithaca Hours" as a model, Time/Bank seeks to "create an immaterial currency and a parallel micro-economy for the cultural community, one that is not geographically bound, and that will create a sense of worth for many of the exchanges that already take place within our field—particularly those that do not produce commodities and often escape the structures that validate only certain forms of exchange as significant or profitable." Sounds like the perfect kind of economy for a pudgy porn actor with a knack for nothin' but polishing knobs. Not that Colby Bucks will earn you a polish exactly. . . I only guarantee a DVD of me. . . along with a complimentary dose of assonance. Naturally.
With offices from New York to Sydney I had the good fortune to visit one location earlier this month, a special outpost at Documenta in Kassel, Germany. In case you don't have the real bucks (or Euros) to fly there yourself, here are a few pics from the e-Flux Time/Bank project in Karlsaue Park.