An “honorarium” means that your art project was selected to receive some funding from Burning Man. The list of projects this year looks exciting, and many are tied in to the Cargo Cult theme.
According to Burning Man:
Every year Burning Man allocates a percentage of its revenue from ticket sales to funding select art projects that are collaborative, community-oriented and interactive. We do this in order to support the Burning Man art community, and to facilitate the creation of outstanding art for Black Rock City. The vast majority of art installations on the playa, however, are not funded. In 2013, a percentage of your hard-earned ticket money helped to fund the following art installations, for all Burning Man participants to enjoy.
Sneaky language. When they say “the vast majority are not funded“, this is not true. They are all funded. It’s just, the vast majority of art you see at Burning Man, does not get any funding from Burning Man. It’s up to the artists to raise the money to get the materials, get the piece out to the Playa and assembled, and then burn it or break it down and bring it back.
63 projects did get some of the $850,000 funding from Burning Man, out of 326 applications. An average of $13,492 each. All these art projects also need to raise their own money and use their own resources to get to the Playa, Burning Man funding is not usually enough to cover these costs but the prestige and cachet that comes from an “official” grant can be a real enabler for a large art installation.
The percentage of your hard-earned ticket money that went to this art? 3.8%. If you chose to donate to the Black Rock Arts Foundation when you bought your ticket, you’ll be pleased to know that there are $50,000 of grants for this handed out too, bringing Burning Man artists to the streets of the world.
Some noteworthy entries:
by Shannon O’Hare
Neverwas Haul, a 3-story Victorian house on wheels made from 75% recycled material, is the home for the Travelling Academy of Unnatural Sciences which is circumnavigating the globe without the use of a Zeppelin.
As amazing as it is, this thing’s been going to Burning Man for years. How come they get an Honorarium?
by Abraham Carmi Raphael
Agoura Hills, CA
You have found your way to the iPhone Cult. A monolithic shrine rising from the jungle floor. It has been here for thousands of years. Step into the frame and be captured with the Man. Take a photo with my likeness in your hand.
Product Placement, anyone? Just because it’s Apple, means it’s OK? This one is shaping up to be the “Burn Wall Street” of 2013.