NOMADIC MILK – Esther Polak Tracks Dairy in Nigeria

by Red Cell

This past January, Esther Polak and her small band of helpers tracked PEAK brand milk products in Nigeria from the harbor city of Lagos to the capital of Abuja as well as a nomadic Fulani family of cow herders in the nearby Abuja vicinity. The culmination of these efforts manifested in a custom built robot that, when fed the GPS data collected in her research and travels, uses sand to draw the collected routes. This is Polak’s attempt “to raise awareness of those mobility patterns and use of space through an artistic visualization of the dairy routes…” This will eventually become an installation piece utilizing film, robotics, tracking tech and discussion between the nomadic herders and the industry that relies upon them, PEAK Brand milk products.

To read an interview with Polak about her work, click here.

You can follow her blog here.

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