Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mate’s rates

The story, ‘Brett Graham bags Venice invite’ on the blog Waatea News Update, tells us that ‘Brett Graham and Rachel Rakena are trying to raise a quarter of a million dollars to get their collaborative work Aniwaniwa to the Venice Biennale.’ When you put that number together with information from Two Rooms that 'They have a beautiful venue already organised and secured, and 75% sponsored by an Italian Fashion house Byblos', and you're talking about a budget of one million dollars. As this is double what Creative New Zealand spent on et al. in 2005, let's finally all agree that the fundamental practice was a complete bargain.

A note from Two Rooms to say that the budget for the Graham Rakena Venice project is in fact $350,000. So much for our maths and fiscal savvy.