Mælkevejen (Milky way) 2019Frokostpause, RUM46, Aarhus, Denmark
By means of circular breathing and a straw in a glass of milk a constant flow of milky bubbles are being produced. The milk bubbles spill over until the glass is almost empty.
My roommate and friend recently had her first child. For the mother, the father and I it led to an exhausting everyday life circling around milk: Bottled milk, breast-infection and high fever, milk pumps and milk substitute, machines for heating up the milk, regurgitated milk and a lot of coffee with milk.
The title and the work is 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 anger of 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 pushes the child away and milk is spurting out in a great arc. A story of love and betrayal, of motherhood, of power, body and possession in familial and not-familial interrelations. This is said to be the story of how the Milky Way came into being.
Curated by Claus Ejner.