Europe as Europe. No borders, just land with people and things. People and things that move. The MilkLine is one of the countless movements of the international food trade, in this case milk, produced by Latvian farmers, made into cheese by a local factory with the help of an Italian expert, transported to the Netherlands, stored in a charming Dutch cheese warehouse to ripen, sold at the Utrecht market and finally eaten by Dutch citizens. This map follows the milk from the udder of the cow to the plate of the consumer, by means of the people involved. All those involved were given a GPS device for a day: one of the days that they were somehow occupied with the movements of this dairy. In 2005, MILKproject won Prix Ars Electronica “Golden Nica” for Interactive art.
Esther Polak is visual artist, born and living in Amsterdam. After a period of working as a layout editor at differed magazines, she developed an interest in the mutual influence of text and image. This lead into a broader field of interest: the technological, social and cultural mediated gaze.