"Every organism is looking for another organism to survive, the same applies to man and chicken" Koen Vanmechelen
The Open University of Diversity (OpUnDi) is an intellectual space unifying the three projects of Koen Vanmechelen; The Cosmopolitan Chicken, The Walking Egg and the CosmoGolem. It is a think tank, a meeting place for people to discuss the core themes that are found in Koen Vanmechelen’s work: biological and cultural diversity, identity, hybridism and other scientific, political, philosophical and ethical issues. It is a global network of innovative minds and thinkers, a space for intellectual cross-pollination, a breeding place where innovative ideas find space to hatch. And the OpUnDi is always on the move, just as Koen Vanmechelen.
Open university of diversity photo gallery
Supporting 'De Box'!
OpUnDi, the Open University of Diverity, is as always thinking out side of the box.
That's why we are fully supporting the project De Box - Inside Out!
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Check out the press coverage of Hotel de Inmigrantes - Cosmopolitan Stranger
Hotel de Inmigrantes - Cosmopolitan Stranger, a project with 40 international artists working in Koen Vanmechelens studio and living like real immigrantes. Parallel event Manifesta9. Read here what the press wrote about it.
Photo's of Hotel de Inmigrantes - Cosmopolitan Stranger
Since the 31th of May, 40 artists are working and living in Koen Vanmechelen's studio as real immigrantes under the title Hotel De Inmigrantes - Cosmopolitan Stranger; check out our gallery space for some pictures of the project.
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Parallel event Manifesta9
Hotel De Inmigrantes - Cosmopolitan Stranger selected for Manifesta9
Yesterday Manifesta9 announced the selection of participants and projects for this year’s edition of the European biennale for Contemporary Art. We are proud to announce that the project of Koen Vanmechelen has been chosen as an official Parallel Event.
Born in Venice - Open University of Diversity a contemporary manifestation on the borderline of art and science Istituto Veneto di Scienze Letter...
In collaboration with the University of Hasselt, visitors of the Pukkelpop-festival will be invited to take part in one of the studies that is currently running in Venice during the solo expo 'Nato a Venezia' in the 54th biennial. This study aims to link phenotypical diversity with genetic diversity. Come and let your picture taken at the UHasselt stand and learn more about the study and OpUnDi.
For the Creativity World Forum 2011, Koen Vanmechelen presents ‘Nato a Venezia’, an installation based on his expo at the 54th Biennial of Venice.
During Manifesta9 the Open University of Diversity will host ‘Hotel De Inmigrantes’, a project that relates to the history of migrations and presents the exodus of different people and individuals all over the world.
For Hotel De Inmigrantes Curator Tomasz Wendland will realize a series of projects – exhibitions and meetings of artists – all over the world (e.g. New York, Montevideo, Singapore and Buenos Aires) that will enable a confrontation between individuals of different origin in local and different contexts. Each of these projects are an autonomous event, with a specific subtitle, so various aspects of identity of the human being lost as a part of a global village can be researched.
List of immigrants-artists:
Enrique Badaro Nadal
Jae Wook Lee
Rodrigo Zorilla, ‘I’m going to do Amercia
Tuesday-Friday: 11.00 - 18.00
Saturday - Sunday: 13.00 - 17.00
Closed: Monday and official holidays
Adres: Armand Hertzstraat 35, 3500 Hasselt
For more information you can always contact us via email or by phone
Phone number: +32 (0)495 666 771
More info about co curators and partners on the hotel de inmigrantes official website.
Koen Vanmechelen is invited by the Nanjing Agricultural University to give a lecture about the Open University of Diversity and his projects.
On February 28, Koen Vanmechelen opens his studio, the Open University of Diversity, for the closing night of the campaign against “loneliness” of the “Bond zonder Naam”. Koen Vanmechelen features as one of the testimonials of their latest campaign that was set up to break the taboo against loneliness.
Bond zonder Naam organises a debate about the role of art in the struggle against loneliness. Afterwards there is an auction where you can bid on exciting experiences like living room concerts, photo-shoots and many more. The profits aim to continue the support of the campaign.
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Date: February 28 at 7.30 pm.
Location: Open University of Diversity
Armand Hertzstraat 35
Koen Vanmechelen opens his studio for the launch of KriZoom, the expertise network on cultural education. Together with Vitamine C, KriZoom organises a ‘Bruispartij’ to celebrate the launch. Koen Vanmechelen and Soheila Najand guide you in the journey of multi-identity and the role of cultural education.
How can the Cosmopolitan Chicken contribute to the task of cultural educators? Are cultural citizens, like the Cosmopolitan Chicken, not born, but created? The lectures given by Sohiela Najand, artist and artistic leader of the Stichting Interart in Amsterdam, and Koen Vanmechelen try to give answers to these questions.
Speeddating and other moments of networking are provided throughout the evening. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Subscription: 15€ (including food & drinks)
Limited seats, subscription required
Date: February 21, 2013 from 06:00 until 11:30 PM
Location: Open University of Diversity
Armand Hertzstraat 35
On the 29th of January; the Open University blew out his very first candle. With xx events at the studio in 2012, the concept of bringing people together from different disciplines proved to be a great success. so also this year, OpUnDi will opens it doors to create fruitful soilfor innovative thinking. Starting with two social initiatives;
On February 21, Vitamine C organises a ‘Bruispartij’ to celebrate the launch of KriZoom, the expertise network on cultural education in Limburg. On this evening, Koen Vanmechelen and Soheila Najand will guide you through the journey of multi-identity and the role of cultural education.
One week later, on February 28, we welcome “Bond zonder Naam’ for the closing night of their latest campaign against loneliness in which Koen featured as one of the testimonials. At the same time, an auction is organised to raise money for their local projects.
Both events are open for public, but registration is required;
Bruispartij, 21/02/2013, 6PM
Bond zonder Naam, 28/02/2013, 7.30 PM