"I am a walking egg, seeking for 37,6 degrees Celsius to be hatched" Koen Vanmechelen
Where Art meets science. In the Walking Egg Project Koen Vanmechelen plunges himself into the international science world, assisted by fertility specialist Willem Ombelet. At the core of their quest are issues of identity and reproduction with a special focus on (in)fertility in developing countries.
Accompanied by a team of scientists, journalists and thinkers, they try to shed light on the well-being of the infertile family and its problems. This has led to the birth of the quarterly magazine ‘The Walking Egg’ and to innovating art/science projects. Symbol of the project is a small chicken-legged glass egg that is always on the move.
The walking egg photo gallery
New director for The Walking Egg foundation
Jan Goossens, former director of ‘artsen zonder vakantie' is the new director of The Walking Egg foundation. We wish him the best of luck in this new assignment.
The Walking Egg - Coloured Litho
The Walking Egg is a non-profit organisation (npo) founded in 2010 to realize the Arusha project which strives to implement accessible infertility programs in resource-poor countries. The project aims to raise awareness surrounding childlessness and to make infertility care in all its aspects, including assisted reproductive technologies, available and accessible for a much larger part of the world population.
All scientists involved have agreed to donate the royalties of all inventions made in the frame of this project to the npo, also the founding member and well known artist Koen Vanmechelen contributes actively to the fundraising of this global project.
'the Walking egg' at HQ World Health Organization
Recently, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization installed a work of Koen Vanmechelen; the Walking egg. with the quote 'Fertility always comes from outside' the artist stresses the importance of bringing together different people to reflect on our society and the challenges we face today.
"ART" for infertility: Women Create Life & the Walking Egg
Lecture by Willem Ombelet on behalf of Koen Vanmechelen at the Infertility Global Research and Guidance Consultation of the WHO (World Health Organization) in Geneva.
Koen Vanmechelen will give a short presentation together with Professor Willem Ombelet.
he presentation is entitled: 'Accessible Infertility Care for Developing Countries: The Walking Egg Project'
On the 19th of march Koen Vanmechelen will give a lecture concerning the 'Walking Egg Project' at the Hospital of Oost-Limburg.
This lecture is part of a debate about the cross-points between art and science. While Koen Vanmechelen focusses on the artistic view of the Walking egg project, Dr. Willem Ombelet explains the scientist's view.
Other speakers at the debate are Mahmoud Fathalla (Egypt), Joseph Vyankandondera (Burundi) and Nathalie Dhont.
Aula Zol (campus sint-jan)
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At the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its fertility clinic AZ Groeninge presents an artproject with the egg as focal point. Throughout the city of Kortrijk, painted eggs of 50 cm height are on display. Afterwards, on November 24, they will be auctioned and the benefit goes to The Walking Egg Project of Koen Vanmechelen and prof. dr. Willem Ombelet.