Koen Vanmechelen – Literally giving you goose flesh


Well, as I was hunting for some new art venues this afternoon, I came across this singular and frankly weird Belgian artists whose primary artistic inspiration is… chickens! You’d say that it’s a matter of taste, but I think that these devilish hens just look creepy, with their wide open feathery eyes just staring at you..

A bit of background: the Belgian conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen (1965) is internationally renowned for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, a worldwide artistic breeding project. His work, an ode to life, revolves around two major themes: biocultural diversity and identity. His artistic tool is gallus gallus, the chicken, and its egg. His work purports to encroach on the fields of science, philosophy and ethics and to ask questions about biocultural diversity, identity, evolution and freedom of movement.

For his projects, the artist collaborates with alpha-and beta scientists from all over the world. The reason why in the spring of 2010 he was awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt (B). Always on the move, he is forever looking for wormholes between his work and the world.

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If you want to know more about the ins and outs of the artist’s inspiration, feel free to give a look at this video! Who knows, maybe is its going to be clarifying as to what happened in Koen’s twisted mind! You can also consult his website: http://www.koenvanmechelen.be/

 

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