POPULAR TODAY ART

'cloaca No. 5' by artist wim delvoye in montreal
feb 01, 2009
'cloaca No. 5' by artist wim delvoye in montreal


‘cloaca No. 5′ is a mechanized sculpture that reproduces the human digestive system
in every stomach-churning detail. it is part of an exhibition which runs until valentine’s day at the
universite du quebec’s art gallery in montreal.

cloaca, a towering steel, rubber and glass contraption, is fed twice a day
with cafeteria leftovers during the exhibit. it is part of an exchange with the
alberta college of art and design, which presented cloaca No. 5 in calgary last summer.

‘I wanted to make something that is absurdly unnecessary…’
creator, the belgian artist wim delvoye explained his creative process:
‘I don’t think this biologically correct machine belongs in a science museum.
I don’t have that ego. I’m not helping sick people. I’m practically useless in society.’


at the end of the tract, the machine produces feces, which are then vacuum-packed

delvoye has exhibited around the world and a previous model of cloaca was on
display in toronto in 2004.originally developed in 2000, he put together a complex machinery
at the museum of contemporary art in antwerp, belgium.
see all cloaca machines by wim delvoye

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library