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Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

The Social Bank: a critique of value, 2017

Exhibited at UWAG in Waterloo, ON; Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver, BC

The Social Bank: a critique of value is a relational art project originally exhibited at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery in 2017. The bank distributes a new kind of a social currency that emphasizes intrinsic human values. When the bank is open, the public is encouraged to become a client by interacting with our Teller. A withdrawal is granted once the client decides which value he or she deems most important from the available list.

The bank currently offers 7 types of bills. Each bill is digitally rendered and printed on rag bond paper and receives a unique serial number upon withdrawal. The bank itself is constructed using industrial cardboard that we digitally rendered and "printed" on a CNC cutter and a digital print on heavy cotton. The bank is branded in trust by the Value Investment Alliance. Our Teller is played by actress Jessica Bertrand.

The early research stages of this project was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In 2017 (fall) a portion of the project was exhibited at Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver, BC. In 2019 this project received funding from the Ontario Arts Council's Multi and Inter-Arts Projects grant. The bank will be appearing throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding regions this spring and summer.

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

Photo by: Scott Lee  |  University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Waterloo, ON. 2017

This project was supported by:

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