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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More Sowing and Planting

May Garden Report

In the beginning of the month sunrise is at 5.51 am and sundown at 20.06 pm. At the end of the month a day is 15.12 hours long. It is too dry for this month and also cold. Only last week we have mostly each day rain. Temperatures are from 5C to 22C.

New plants in the garden:

FLOWERS: zinnia, Californian poppy, lupines, dianthus barbatus, tagetes patula, capuchin flower, sun flower, marigold …

HERBS: chervil, chamomile, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, laurel, basil, coriander, valerian, laurel, rosemary, satureja, lavender, dill, coriander, and sage

VEGETABLES: eggplant, tomato, corn, butter pumpkin, cucurbite di Toskana, cucurbite mosschata de Provence, beans, New Zealand spinach (tetragonia tetragonides), different kind of kales, mangold, red cabbage,  and again leek and turnip-cabbage.

For eating I have spring lettuce, radish, asparagus, spinach, turnip-cabbage, leek, cress, chervil, parsley and strawberries.

Against lice I spray bean and broad bean with milk and water mixture and I plant around them satureja hortensis. With snails story is continuing. Caterpillars I pick with hand. Against grasshoppers I am powerless.

I have also good animals: blindworms, hedgehogs, lizards, birds, a toad and also a snake.

In our city is interesting artistic gardening organisation ONKRAJ GRADBISCA http://onkrajgradbisca.wordpress.com/ which organise London festival Chelsea Fringe in Ljubljana.  

In Celje another initiative is ZELEMENJAVA by artist Andreja Džakušič  for exchanging plants,…

My way of gardening is different from artistic one. I try to get enough products from my garden. Against mischief-maker I am more radical as you can see. I am also suspicious about all new advices for good organic gardening. For example: for my country I find out two completely differed calendars for planting. 

 

 

Leave a Comment (4)

milena wrote on Jun 23:

Thank you for information. Artists’ gardening seems very popular. I try to have real garden.

shinobu wrote on Jun 19:

Look, I noticed we have our own "artistic gardening" which is partly funded by our arts council http://www.akimbo.ca/71168

milena kosec wrote on Jun 8:

In the garden 5 to 7 cats came but grasshoppers are in hundreds. Also birds catch them sometimes.

shinobu wrote on Jun 1:

our cats sometimes catch and eat grasshoppers!