Wim Delvoye, Cloaca Feces
Working in a variety of different materials and mediums, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has been shocking viewers for a while now with Cloaca; a machine that emulates the gastrointestinal process and produces feces, which he then markets and sells in his studio in Ghent.
Wim Delvoye, New and Improved Cloaca.
The Cloaca machine, named after the ancient Roman sewer, has been constructed in a variety of different sizes and models (9 in total) including Personal Cloaca, Cloaca Turbo and Cloaca Quattro. None of these machines are for sale only the final product, which has launched a small marketing endeavor of Cloaca t-shirts, toilet paper and other paraphernalia. During the first appearance of Delvoye’s ‘shit machine’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA) in Antwerp, a personal chef prepared meals on-site and fed the machine two gourmet meals per day, which came out about two days afterwards looking and smelling like the real deal. Hard to imagine in a pristine museum setting, but somehow Delvoye managed to do it, to the surprise and utter dismay of some viewers. I think Piero Manzoni would of been delighted.
But besides the Cloaca factory, Delvoye also produces large scale steel sculptures, ‘sex rays’, Gothic works and tattoos in his pig ‘art farm.’ One of his monumental steel creations Torre was exhibited in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for the 53rd Venice Bienniale. The work then travelled to Paris where it was shown at the Museé Rodin, and will continue to travel throughout Europe in the coming years.
Wim Delvoye – Torre. Laser-cut Cor-Ten steel. Museé Rodin, Paris, 2010
Wim Delvoye, Blow 1. Cibachrome on aluminum.
Wim Delvoye – Dump Truck. Laser-cut Cor-Ten steel
Images via www.wimdelvoye.be