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TRAVELOG

The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction
Boris Groys
The tourist and the city dweller become identical.

Can the art world really do Hollywood better than Hollywood?
Steven Rand
The hypnotism
of technology: where is the end?

Mobile Utopia
Charles Esche
A utopian day-trip through two views of humanity 400 years apart.

FEATURE AND WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Light Type Writer
Constantin Luser


THEORY

Utopia with Lara Croft and some other monsters and Aliens
Marina Gržinić
The re-direction of desires, facts & bodies in the global world.

THE EMPIRE AND ITS UTOPIAS
Žarko Paić
How to envision utopia, and not run away from society’s real repression / depression into a ghetto or exile for fantastic outsiders?


ZERZAN VON TARZAN UND TAXIS - FASCISM OF DESIRE OR FASCISM OF OBJECTS
Zoran Roško
The rejection of human will, civilisation, & the search for what we have left.




ART WORK
MICRO-UTOPIAS
 
Milk 2002-2003
(still images from video)
Kristina Leko
   

Milk 2002-2003
Communication Project
Kristina Leko
http://www.sirivrhnje.org/

One inevitable side effect of the process of globalisation and standardisation in Europe seems to be the assimilation and disappearance of certain local characteristics and cultural particularities. Can this process of adjusting economic standards be modified so that these practices are functionally protected and maintained? What can be done to achieve this goal? These are the questions at the heart of the Milk 2002-2003 Project, an ongoing social initiative as well as a multimedia documentary and communication project, initiated and conceptualised by the Croatian artist Kristina Leko and produced in collaboration with the Local Base for Culture Refreshment, BLOK, Zagreb. By focusing on a single small detail in the big picture of European standardisation-the possible disappearance of the milkmaids of Zagreb and one of the traditional women's trades-the project shows as in a prism the numerous dimensions of this process of change.


   
Milk 2002-2003
(still images from video)
Kristina Leko
     



Tourists photograph them. They are one of the trademarks of the city of Zagreb. And yet despite all their hard work and the centuries they have been in the city, it is unlikely they will survive Croatia's entry into Europe. Europe wants refrigerated markets, and most of these women will not be able to cope with the rise in prices at their point of sale. Europe also makes demands about the quality of fresh milk, and outside of the big farms, these demands can be met only with great difficulty and expense. The way the big farms are developing, it could well be that in a hundred years no one will ever touch a cow or talk with it. And the people who talk with the cows will gradually vanish. As also, perhaps, will those who talk with each other at the marketplace. (Declaration on the Zagreb Milkmaids, Kristina Leko)



 
Milk 2002-2003
(still images from video)
Kristina Leko
   


According to Leko's research, more than 80% of milkmaids will cease their activity if they have to pay the new price at their point of sale that was announced. Many of them have been working for decades at the same marketplace, and have established a very personal interaction with long-time clients. Most of them are among the 62% of Croatian milk producers that have no more than three cows. This goes along with a very special relationship to nature and animals, as well as to the quality of the product. Milkmaids represent a traditional female profession, and an example of women who guarantee the financial stability of their families. Many of the milkmaids are totally dependent on the income they get at the market, since they usually have only a very small pension, if any.

The MILK 2002-2003 Project seeks to improve the position of Zagreb milkmaids by making an impact on public opinion and the legal process, as well as by providing a platform for the milkmaids to organise. The project was kick-started with an action in Zagreb's Dolac Marketplace in August 2002, when three milkmaids (Katica Bzig, Bregovlje, 57 years of working at the Dolac Marketplace; Marija Spoljar, Donja Bistra, 55 years of working at the Dolac Marketplace; Marica Seničić, Jakovlje, 44 years of working at Dolac Marketplace), along with Kristina Leko and organisers from Urban Festival Zagreb, handed out free fresh cheese and cream to customers and collected signatures.

The other components of the project are as follows:
an extensive database containing a complete listing of
Zagreb's milkmaids, video and photographic portraits, as well as personal statements; a web site, www.sirivrhnje.org, that features the database and a multimedia archive, as well as relevant information on the subject, statistics and info on the initiative; an exhibition at Zagreb's PM Gallery, December, 2003, featuring video and photographic material, "Book of requests for 22nd Century, the complete results of the research, as well as a collection of objects and dish-towels belonging to Zagreb milkmaids; a round-table with key-officials from different institutions with the objective to influence political and administrative decision-making, December 2003.


 
Milk 2002-2003
exhibition view, PM Gallery, Zagreb, December, 2003
Kristina Leko
  Group photo with the cow, exhibition opening, PM Gallery, Zagreb
12/7/2003, photo by Boris Cvjetanovic


Artist and initiator of the project, responsible for the concept: Kristina Leko
Organiser and project producer: Vesna Vuković (BLOK)
Produced by: BLOK, Zagreb & Kristina Leko


Kristina Leko (HR)
Artist based in Zagreb, Croatia




This text was written by Kristina and Bettina as a part of the programme for the City of Women Festival, 2003.
http://www.cityofwomen-a.si/2003/



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ART WORK
Homeless  Ideas
VIEW
FILM
Milk 2002-2003
(still from video)
Kristina Leko
MICRO-UTOPIAS

Time in between
Grady Gerbracht

Milk 2002-2003 Project
Kristina Leko

Volume-up
A text on the work of Andreja Kulunčić


TOPIC AREAS
SYSTEMS

SYSTEMS
 
TRANS.MISSION
 
PERSONAL
 
MECHANIZED
 
MICRO-UTOPIAS
 

CONTENTS




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