May to August, 2012

Dinner and Talk
Friday 29 June, 2012

Time/Restaurant #3
Doors open: 18:30 h
Dinner served: 19.00 h
Meal: 0,5 Hour Note / 5 euro


Instant Ruins - Presentation by Robin Vanbesien
Doors open: 20 h
Start: 20.30 h
Entrance: free

On Friday 29th of June, as part of FOREVER SUMMER, we will combine two events.

At 18.30 h Time/Restaurant #3 will open it's doors for one night at Walden Affairs.
You can enjoy a delicious meal for only 0,5 Hour Note or 5 euro. The meals will be prepared by Time/Bank top chef Yuval with ingredients offered by partners and members of Time/Bank in exchange for Hour Notes.

At 20.30 h visual artist Robin Vanbesien (works and lives in Brussels, Be) will tell more about the Theory of Ruin Value, also within the context of his recent publication Instant Ruins.
The Theory of Ruin Value is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all. The idea was pioneered by German architect Albert Speer while planning for the 1936 Summer Olympics and published as Die Ruinenwerttheorie, although he was not its original inventor. The intention did not stretch only to the eventual collapse of the buildings, but rather assumed such buildings were inherently better designed and more imposing during their period of use.
In The Crystal World (1966) by JG Ballard the west African jungle starts to crystallize through a ‘leaking’ of time. This is explained in the novel as follows: 'We know that it is time which is responsible for the transformation. The recent discovery of anti-matter as the fourth side of this negatively charged continuum. […] As more and more time 'leaks' away, the process of super-saturation continues, the original atoms and molecules producing spatial replicas of themselves, substance without mass, in an attempt to increase their foot-hold upon existence. The process is theoretically without end, and it may be possible eventually for a single atom to produce an infinite number of duplicates of itself and so fill the entire universe, from which simultaneously all time has expired, […]'
Instant Ruins (2012) is an exhibition in book form. The publication displays thirty photographs. All photographs have been mirrored instantly. The photographs appear as ruins, deprived of their own time.