Cosmopolitan Chicken Project
‘The Cosmopolitan Chicken’ is a global artistic breeding project which involves the crossbreeding of scores of national chicken races. Crossbreeding is the metaphorical quintessence of the dynamic, creative life of different so called ‘subspecies’, ‘species’ and ‘races’ and their peaceful co-existence. The goal of this project is to create a universal chicken that symbolizes global unity through diversity. Not a superchicken or überchicken but a hybrid that carries the genes of all the chicken species on our planet.
‘The Cosmopolitan Chicken’ addresses many contemporary social and ethical issues such as genetic manipulation, cloning, globalization, multiraciality and multiculturalism. It wants to influence the debate on these topics from an artistic and humanitarian point of view. Although artist Koen Vanmechelen has a lot of inspiring contacts with the medical and scientific world, ‘The ‘Cosmopolitan Chicken’ project has found its ideal ‘terroir’ in the art world.
Paintings & Drawings