When a pandemic shuts down her laboratories and temples, modern art finds new ways to spill over and engage with the world. In the Battery, the beating heart of LABIOMISTA, artist Koen Vanmechelen launches The Battery Channel. With this audiovisual channel, Vanmechelen continues his artistic quest for meaning, identity, diversity and community in sounds, syllables and imaging.
Initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the artist invites you inside his overactive but quarantined brain and takes you with him on his journey of discovery. Over a period of 20 weeks, you follow how his mind is fecundated by the various people he involves in his ecosystem and how his newly discovered knowledge gets translated into unusual associations and artistic expression.
At the heart of this second episode of The Battery Channel, lies the importance of farming and locally managed food systems. Starting point is Vanmechelen's installation in the National Museum of Zimbabwe in 2016; Planetary Community Chicken.
Llama's are the real unicorns, states The Guardian. Vanmechelen has been creating these mythical animals for years. Discover the story of llama winter in this final exhibition in The Battery Channel truck.