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.
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) and the Golden Nica Hybrid Art in September 2013. Always on the move, he is forever looking for wormholes between his work and the world.