An oil pipeline transporting milk from Norway to Russia.
FOOLPROOF FEELINGS, July 18, 2017
Arsenal, The National Center for Contemporary Art
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
MILK PIPELINE by Cuzner and Fadlabi
Milk running through an oil pipeline from Tana in Northern Norway to the National Center for Contemporary Art in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
The project is currently seeking funding to finalise the installation of the pipes. Please contact Lars Cuzner for information. +47 41398393, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our project is a collaboration with Valentin Diaconov (Russia), the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Russia) and Henrik Underbjerg of Stray Dog Productions (Denmark). This is an export of the Scandinavian nature and values, transferred and delivered via pipeline from Norway to Russia. The milk will arrive at a milk bar and served to visitors at the exhibition FOOLPROOF FEELINGS at Arsenal in Nizhny Novgorod.
A project about the objectification of national identities through subsidised consumption. Subsidised milk bars. Milk entered mass consumption ass the symbol for the new welfare state, a new kind of homogenised and easily digestible socialism.
The focal point of the exhibition will be the space of the bar, a relatively new type of location for interpersonal exchange in the context of Post-Soviet Russia. Capitalist production makes us constantly choose and purchase identities, and the space of the bar is one of the most important sites for that process, at once inviting and impersonal. So, a lot of pieces in the show will reference the rituals of meeting and conversing. The art will serve as an objectification or unmasking of the unregulated emotional, friendly or hostile exchanges that make up the social communion. Other artworks will address various states of social policy that regulates exchange – the Socialist past, the capitalist present and the plans for a fairer future.