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Leonardo Laser Talk: Milk. The White Gold in Translation.


23. November 2018
18:00 - 20:00

Seminar Room 3 “Bianca von Bienenfeld”, Center for Public Health, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090
Vienna, Time: Friday, November 23, 2018, 06.00 pm

Milk. The White Gold in Translation.
Breast Milk as a Model for a Generous Economy to Come.

Chairs: Nadja Haiden, Lucie Strecker

Milk is the white Gold! With its more than 200 constituents, breast milk is said to be the gold standard of human nutrition. Its sole sense is to be given and happily suckled. But the figure and actions of m/others remain debatable and in transition. According to the WHO, today 90% of the newborns are not breastfed, formula milk being a huge business. Cutting edge researchers are trying to copy breast milk or even develop something better. Is breast milk a precious currency, a transient numen to be translated into life and moods? Is its ecology of liquidity and transformation, providing energy and building up the metabolism, a model for an economy of both, the necessity and pleasure of giving, of a "Generonomy"? Is metamorphosis of milk into complex (bio)cultures, providing collaboration, protection and the release of energy as sole profit, essential for the living whilst defining the self and the other? Breast MILK, seems to propose cultures for both, (w)health and happiness: to be discovered, or even reinvented, as MFormula.

Host: Klaus Spiess Co-Ordinator: Susanne Gahbauer


The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series features short lectures and presentations on art, science and technology. Founded in 2008 by LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST, LASER Talks are now presented at venues across the U.S. and internationally. Each evening includes presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.




Irini Athanassakis Breast Feeding as Feminist Economy
is an artist with Greek-Austrian-German backgrounds. Her work “MILK”, a work in progress since 2011,
considering breast-milk as matter (Kunst-Stoff) and currency, has been published by Passagen Verlag
Wien 2018 and shown in FAN (Fine Art Network) Vienna 2016 and THE ART FOUNDATION (TAF) ATHENS
in October 2018.

Irini Athanassakis/Lucie Strecker Performative Intervention
Lucie Strecker works as an Artist and Researcher in the fields of Performance and Hybrid Art. She
currently holds a Senior Postdoc Position at the Art & Science Department of the University of Applied
Arts Vienna.

Nadja Haiden Nutrition and Human Milk Banking
is a Neonatologist and Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Medical University of Vienna. She does
research in neonatal Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Human Milk Banking.

Klaudia Graf-Rohrmeister History of Human Milk Banking
is Neonatologist, Senior Physician and Medical Director of the first Breast Milk Bank in the Semmelweis
Gynecological Hospital and designated Director of the Human Milk Bank in the Hospital North.

David Berry Breast Milk and Microbiome
is Professor in the Division of Microbial Ecology at the University of Vienna. His research topics are the
function of intestinal microbiota in health and disease and novel modelling approaches to study
microbial communities as well as method development for studying uncultivated microorganisms in
their natural environment.

Ramon Reichert Milk Media, Myth
is working as European Project Researcher at the University of Lancaster, Lecturer at the Department of Film Studies, FU Berlin, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen.


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