April – December
The fourth Intersections commission sees Ian Nesbitt take as his starting point timebanking and sharing economy networks based in Nottingham. The principle of timebanking is very simple – for every hour that you spend sharing your skills you receive one time credit, which you can swap when you need something. One hour’s work equals one time credit – all skills have equal value. It works on an egalitarian system, where one hour of one person’s time is worth one hour of anyone else’s, regardless of their skill. For example, legal advice would be no more ‘valuable’ in this sense than going to the shops.
By physically exploring the hidden, yet robust, systems of community-building and mutual support indicated by information supplied by the database, the project will seek to re-imagine an area of the city using interpersonal and experiential rather than physical or bureaucratic as primary distinguishing factors. By meeting, learning from and sharing knowledge with those who are part of the existing network, a new map will emerge.
Economics = Capitalism. Capitalism is about what we keep for ourselves.
Ek-Uh-Nom-Iks = The Commons. The Commons is about what we share.
Ian is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to be involved in a day-long event in November celebrating the idea of the commons in the Radford area and beyond. Taking place on Saturday 26th November – the day after Buy Nothing Day on Friday 25th – the working concept for the day is ‘Share Everything’. This could be something unusual you can do, an idea that could help the community, an experience you can share, or more. The concept for the event is threefold: to bring people together; to offer a space for sharing skills, ideas, and experiences, performances, films, music and more; and to ask ‘What next?’ as the changing times we are living in call for stronger networks in our communities.
There will be talks, conversations, workshops, performances, film, music and more. It will be at Primary but with tendrils shooting out into different parts of the local area and the wider city. If you’re interested in being involved get in touch!
Read Ian’s reflections on the project as it develops on the Primary blog.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or ku.oc1493290381.ttib1493290381senna1493290381i@ofn1493290381i1493290381
Ian Nesbitt‘s socially engaged practice spans documentary film, cinema activism, co-production and grassroots community organisation. It focuses on exploring peripheral territories and working innovatively with marginal communities. He is interested in uncovering ‘wild’ systems and initiating rogue networks within the managed structures and manufactured communities of contemporary society. His projects are largely collaborative, working with both artists and non-artists.
Intersections is an ongoing strand of commissions that expands our activity beyond the boundaries of the building, engaging with people and places in the local area. Each project extends an invitation to individuals and communities to share and explore specific sets of knowledge, in connection to artists’ research and production processes.
The Intersections programme is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.