MA&FLX – #06 : Milk of Human Kindness
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win: thou’ldst have, great Glamis, That which cries ‘Thus thou must do, if thou have it; And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone.’ Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crown’d withal. [Macbeth 1, 5]
Part of the Fluxus take on Make Art not War ends now with a series of bottles assembled as a festoon with the wording openly stolen from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: The Milk of Human Kindness.
The idea of the bottle began with the presentation/critique when I filled one with cotton and the writing “I am not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance” (by Jon Stewart). These bottles now aim at bringing together that idea together with the playful concept of Fluxus (the bunting) and my hate for the allergy warning on milk bottles containing… milk!
I have also tried to make a milk bottle out of plaster, creating a slip casting mold.
The process was good but unfortunately, the plaster was way too wet when I first tried to use it and the process was a bit of a failure. This is not deterring me to try again!