|"Money for Reading" was
a grant awarded by the Instituto Cervantes to support reading "Don Quixote
of La Mancha".
The reader who received the award had to read "Don Quixote" in its
entirety, keeping a schedule corresponding to business hours while sitting in
front of a web cam that broadcast the whole reading process on http://www.dineroparaleer.com/.
The reader was supposed to understand the book, so reading out loud was not required.
Javier Carretero was chosen among 181 applicants to read "Don Quixote" for
642 Euro. At the time he was awarded the grant, he was 35-years old and lived
in Getafe (Madrid) where he worked as a taxi driver. He was married to a Muslim
woman and they had used "Don Quixote" in their wedding ceremony. In
his own words, "if Don Quixote were a present-day character, he could well
be a taxi driver".
Grant applications were submitted through the web page. Applicants had to
fill out a questionnaire and answer the questions: What would be your motives
for reading "Don Quixote"? And, how much money would your charge to
read "Don Quixote"? Funding for the grant could range between 282 Euro
and 1,000 Euro, depending on the amount requested. An extra 200 Euros were awarded
for travel and other expenses.
A grant awarded by mmmm... as part of the Instituto
Cervantes' "Palabras corrientes" ("Common Words") Online Art project.
Exhibited at "Sintopía(s). On the relationship between art, science and technology", in collaboration with the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC). Instituto Cervantes, New York (USA). 2008. Instituto Cervantes, Beijing (China). 2007.