Tijdens het Ars Electronica Festival in september, worden de winnaars ( w.o. Koen Vanmechelen) van de Gouden Nicas en Awards of Distinction uitgenodigd om hun projecten te presenteren op het Prix Ars Electronica Forum in Linz (A).
“Man made chickens successful through diversity, now we can learn from them.” Koen Vanmechelen launched his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project CCP during the late nineties. Central to this art project is a chicken crossbreeding project. More specifically, the artist interbreeds domestic chickens from different countries aiming at the creation of true cosmopolitan chicken as a symbol for global diversity.The project occupies a unique place in art history and gained fast international recognition. It positions art categorically in the middle of society: between people, and always committed. Vanmechelen is using a diverse range of media to translate the core idea of the CCP to our society, from very expressive paintings and drawings, to photography, video, glassware, performances and sculpture. The unifying theme is the chicken and the egg, symbols that link scientific, political, philosophical and ethical issues.