Milena Kosec (Honorary resident), Slovenia

Residency Period: 1 October 2013 - 31 October 2015


Bio

Milena Kosec was born in January 1947 in Ljubljana (Slovenia, EU), where she has lived and worked her entire life.  In 1974 she graduated in technical mathematics at  Ljubljana University.  In 1971 she started her first job at the Jožef Stefan Institute. She planned and led the elaboration of new applications for different fields in different companies, usually by means of the most current computer technology.  By the end of year 2002 she was retired. In the years between1975 to 1983 she primarily devoted herself to her family.

Her artistic work began spontaneously with her first work “Državica Ptičjestrašilna” (The Pocket-size State of Scarecrows) in 1992.  After that, she performed several public actions which commented on events in Slovenia intertwined with her own intimate stories.  In  2007 she decided that she would no longer produce anything material-based nor document her work.  In 2008 she was invited to the European Contemporary Art Biennial MANIFESTA7, with one of her immaterial projects Random Private Conversations.

URL: www.3via.org/MilenaKosec


On-hiatus Proposal Summary

After her last art action in 2012, Milena read a lot about the situation in her country and the world in general.  Bewildered by the vast and contradictory information available and the number of the contemporary artists with similar practice, she became unsure if her critical approach to art was still relevant.  This has made her stop her art practice and return to the question: “what are the basic needs for life?”  Having “water and food” as her answer to this question, she decided to improve her knowledge on them through manual work and organic gardening.  Her first attempt at gardening this past year made her realize that she needed more education about various aspects of organic gardening.

During her 2nd year at RFAOH, she will continue to educate herself on this front while she may report some other related on-hiatus activities throughout the year. She feels that this on-hiatus activity may be helpful for her art practice in the future.


Final Report

To be an honorary resident was even more liberating than to be a normal resident. I enjoyed in gardening without thinking what would be important to write for residence page. I am grateful to Shinobu and Matt for opportunity in which I was connected with other residents one year more. To be without any obligation was wonderful feeling.

The last year of the residency I improved my knowledge about gardening through every day practice. It was important that I have enough time for working in garden and cooking fresh vegetable every day. As I had enough different vegetables I ate much healthier. The final consequence of all together is strong improvement of my health (much less problems with chronic diseases).

In two years of residency I completely broke with routine of making art. As I had enough time for looking around and thinking I saw or better I felt how quick society is changing. Contemporary art can't adequately follow this changes caused by technology on one hand and hegemonic states on another hand. We as society are not aware at all what is going on. In front of us I see total unknown world which is completely indescribable, which I hardly can even think about. How than can I make comments on it?

My plan for future is gardening and different other activities. As artist I will probably stay on hiatus.


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HARVEST

For pure ON HIATUS position I need to distance myself from the art scene (openings, lectures, presentations and other art events, reading professional books, and so on – in Ljubljana we have a lot of such events). I make exemption only for very close art friends. I would like to liberate my mind from the surrounding art clime which is too much under Anglo-American influence and dependent of EU politics for my taste.

 

October Garden Report

This month a day is about 10.30 hours long. In the beginning of the month sunrise is at 7am and sundown at 18.42 pm. At the end of the month a day is 10.12 hours long. Usually in October we have the first under zero temperature. But this year we didn’t have. At the beginning of month it was rainy and colder (4C) than it is usual – but in the second half of month it was sunny and warmer (17C) than usual and all the time without hoarfrost. At the end of month earth is dry on the surface.

I have time all month for slow picking up of autumnal harvest: eggplant, kohlrabi (turnip cabbage), pole bean, carrot, parsley and celery.

During winter time the spinach, mangel-wurzel (mangold), leek (no more because leek’s fly), winter salad and different kind of chicorywill stay on garden bed. For video about one of the chicory: castelfranco see:

In the next year I hope to have more types of vegetables which will stay out through winter time.

 

It is unusually warm – so the flowers (Japanese anemone, aster, “flame” flower, and “capuchin” flower) still blossom very well.

 

For years I didn’t need any poison (herbicide, insecticide and pesticide) against vegetable diseases and insects. Unfortunately a lot of different kind of mould and insects also enjoy in gardening. Every one wants to live, every one wanrs to eat. So I don’t need a storehouse for winter because harvest is very small. 

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