The Bank of Self-Recognition addresses issues of personal sustainability and assessment of value. The bank deals exclusively in the self-dollar, a currency created for the purpose of the project. Each self-dollar is equivalent to an hour for the holder to spend on him or herself. The dollar features the holder’s face (rather than the face of a historical political figure), and must be signed by the holder as well as stamped by the Bureau of Self-Recognition as signification of an ongoing contract.
The Bank of Self-Recognition has been operating since March 2012. The project was developed for the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, and also appeared at Queens Media Arts Development’s ITINERANT Performance Festival in May 2012.
The project will continue online for an unspecified period of time.