French artist turns chicken for three-week egg hatching

French artist Abraham Poincheval is seen in a vivarium on the first day of his performance in an attempt to incubate chicken eggs, which takes from 21 to 26 days, at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris, France, March 29, 2017. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption French artist Abraham Poincheval pictured in his tank, with the chicken eggs underneath his chair

French artist Abraham Poincheval - who has already spent two weeks living inside a stuffed bear - plans to commune with the humble chicken for his latest performance stunt.

How? By incubating 10 eggs with his own body heat.

He will live inside a glass vivarium until his charges hatch, watched by visitors to the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.

Poincheval expects the process to last between 21 and 26 days.

"I will, broadly speaking, become a chicken," he said.

The artist, 44, began the performance - titled "Oeuf" (Egg) - on Wednesday.

Rather than sitting on the eggs directly, he is deploying a chair with a container under its seat.

Poincheval will be wrapped in an insulating blanket designed by Korean artist Seglui Lee, to keep his body temperature high.

He also plans to eat "heating" foods like ginger to generate more body warmth - and will have provisions in easy reach.

Lavatorial matters are not so simple. Poincheval will use a box beneath him when nature calls, and will not be able to get up to relieve himself.

To hatch the eggs successfully, he will only be able to stand and leave them for 30 minutes a day. That time will be used for meals.

The egg enterprise comes less than a month after Poincheval's last effort "Pierre" (Stone), where he lived inside a hollowed-out limestone rock shaped to fit his body.

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Image caption Before taking on the egg challenge, the artist lived inside a rock for a week

The Palais de Tokyo said the artist was "trying to escape from human time and experience mineral speed".

Prior to that, he spent a fortnight in April 2014 living inside a hollowed-out bear in Paris's Museum of Hunting and Nature, eating worms and beetles to mirror the animal's diet.

According to Poincheval, the best way to understand objects is not from a distance, but by entering them.

The fate of the unborn chickens should - appropriately - be clear after Easter.

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Image caption Poincheval has also spent a week atop a 20m (65-foot) pole outside Paris's Gard du Nord train station...
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Image caption ...spent 13 days living inside a hollowed-out bear
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Image caption ...navigated the Rhone river inside a large plastic bottle with a cork in it
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Image caption ... and spent a week in an underground hole beneath a bookshop in Marseilles. He also once crossed France in a completely straight line using a compass

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