© Koen Vanmechelen
La Biomista - C.C.P., Exo-Evolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe (DE), artist's rendering, 2015
Combining and reconfiguring genes and memes, mixing, experimenting and probing, lie at the core of the oeuvre of Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen. He believes that hard data of science and creativity of art together can reveal the vicissitudes of nature and of human life. The title of the installation at ZKM; La Biomista (literary mixed life) refers to the artist's upcoming new studio and park in Belgium. La Biomista aims to be much more than a mere biocultural temple, and a disseminator of active and living art and the philosophical ideas of Vanmechelen. La Biomista - 24 ha of park, villa and studio - is situated at the crossroads of science and art, man and animal, of the city and the countryside, and at the intersection of industry and community. In a zone equipped with the required physical and mental space, where biological and cultural diversity can spring through urban farming.
As an essential part of La Biomista, the interactive container; Evolution of a Hybrid invites the visitor to join in on a discussion. Koen Vanmechelen combines art (chicken) and science (DNA) to clarify his perspective on the evolution of nature, man and society. Through the concept of hybridity. The world is a hybrid container, and human cultures are not unlike the world. Also art is and should be hybrid, claims the artist. He invites the visitor participate and to answer this question; What does hybridity mean to you?
September 26 at 7.00 pm
10.00 am - 4.00 am