Mælkevejen (Milky way) 2019Frokostpause, RUM46, Aarhus, Denmark
My room mate and friend recently had her first child. For her, the father and me it has lead to an exhausting every day life flowing with milk: Bottled milk, breast-infection and high fever, milk pumps and machines for heating up the milk, milk substitute and regurgitated milk... and a lot of coffee with milk. “Milky way” deals with the big question that many young (often female) artist are asking themselves: Is it possible to have a child, without having to give up art?
The title and the work in referring to the greek myth on how the Milky Way was created. Zeus becomes a father of twins after an affair with Alkmene. Confronted with the ager og Hera after his unfaithfulness towards Hera he names one child Herakles meaning “the joy of Hera”. This action doesn’t calm her down. In a new attempt to appease Hera Zeus lulls her to sleep and he lets the infant Heracles suckle on his divine wife Hera's milk while she’s sleeping. Hera wakes up and pushed the child away away and milk is spurting out in a great arc. This is said to be the story of how the Milky Way came into being.By means of circular breathing and a straw in a glass of milk a constant flow of milky bubbles are being produced. The glass is overflowing and the milk flows over until the glass is almost empty.Curated by Claus Ejner.