Archive for April, 2008

NomadicMILK in Ghent

Monday, April 21st, 2008

NomadicMILK in Ghent 2

Monday, April 21st, 2008

A video impression of the NomadicMILK presentation in the Zebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium.

NomadicMILK Cameroon version 2008 by Esther Polak and the ‘NomadicMILK’ team is an art project on the experience of space. This version of the project focuses on the mobility of dairy heardsmen among nomadic herders in North Cameroon. The project portrays their migration from the dry season to the wet season camps in search of the best grazing grounds. Video recordings were realized in the floodplain, the wet season location. During the wet season this area is totally covered by water. In 2006 two Zebu cows were equipped with a GPS-collecting collar. The intention of Esther Polak and team was to visualise the routes obtained in this way, and subsequently confront the herdsmen with them. To realize this a small robot was developed, that could redraw the routes as sand drawings, scaled both in space and time, and based on the original GPS data. In this case the route from the dry to the wet season area was drawn: a trip that in reality took about four month and covered about 85 kilometres. The installation consists of a beamer projection that shows images of the daily life of the Fulani families. The monitor on the ground shows the herders commenting on their own track, of which an exact copy is present in the exhibition. Based on a highly technological visualisation, the sand track shown is a simple drawing that now, through the comments of the Fulani people, again turns into to a complex experience of space and time. The radios hanging from the ceiling make audible the voice of Esther Polak, who translates and retells the comments of the Fulani herdsmen.

Working in Ghent: day 4

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Setting up 02

To set up this installation for the first time takes a lot of energy.
In Amsterdam it seemed all so easy, but now I have to find the best solution for this space and context.
Setting up 01

The work is presented between the highlights of the ZKM collection: my neighbors are now Bruce Nauman’s “Good boy, Bad boy”, Jefferey Shaw’s “The Legible City”, works by Masaki Fujihata and “Bubbles” by Wolfgang Münch/Kiyoshi Furukawa. The latter produces a lot of sound, that now blends with the mooing of the Zebu cows in the NomadicMILK installation.

So how to compete with all this? I don’t think about it that way. I just concentrate on my own installation and feel inspired by the surrounding works, and besides feel content about the tangible presence of the sand track and the hanging radios that now give the tracks of the Fulani families a real substance in this art space.

Working in Ghent: day 3

Thursday, April 17th, 2008



Working in Ghent: day 2

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


Today Ivar helped me to decide on the position of monitor and beamer, and hang the radios. It is now starting to look like the installation I sketched earlier.