First, there was nothing. Then: an explosion. In Koen Vanmechelen's work, first there was a cage, then a bird and over the following decades, an explosion of genres and techniques. How else could life’s diversity be captured? How else could identities be explored? Certainly not without mixing the global nature of the oeuvre and enriching it with something local. Hence pictures and video, sculpture and painting, installations and projects. Involving chickens, people and other animals; using wood, feathers, metal, protein and recycled material; with science, art and philosophy.