Foolproof Feelings

An oil pipeline transporting milk from Norway to Russia.


The oil pipeline exiting the dairy factory


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.

  • Statoil was a supporter early on in this project, they provided us with real oil pipelines to be installed at a Tine dairy  factory in Tana to pump milk to Russia. But after Kulturrådet started to become exposed publicly for stopping the project under false pretences, Statoil immediately demanded their name be removed from the project and any mention of them ever being supporters be erased.
  • Tine (Norwegian milk) has approved the installation at their factories.


  • National Centre for Contemporary Art in Nizhny Novgorod build the milk bar.


  • Film produced by Stray Dog Productions.

The project is currently seeking funding to finalise the installation of the pipes. Please contact Lars Cuzner for information. +47 41398393,



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.



The milk pipeline running through the forest


Picture1A 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 pipe entering Arsenal, The National Center for Contemporary Art in Nizhny Novgorod


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.



Milk Bar at Arsenal