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Another Load of Shite

fiers1-9-2s.jpgI've just been on Google trying to find the artist who was mounting and framing his own shit (sprayed in clear epoxy) and selling it as Art. No luck. But I ran across this. Which is maybe even weirder. There's no date on it. Maybe you can tell me.

Cloaca, the latest work by the Belgian conceptualist Wim Delvoye (b. 1965), has just closed out its run at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA) in Antwerp. It was a room-sized installation of six glass containers connected to each other with wires, tubes and pumps. Every day, the machine received a certain amount of food.
Meat, fish, vegetables and pastries passed through a giant blender, were mixed with water, and poured into jars filled with acids and enzyme liquids. There they got the same treatment as the human stomach would supply. Electronic and mechanical units controlled the process, and after almost two days the food came out of a filtering unit as something close to genuine, human shit...............The machine daily delivered turds that were signed and sold for $1000 each..........

Delvoye is fast developing a reputation on the international art circuit as something of a hard case. His work regularly appears on the auction block -- last November, an elaborately carved wood cabinet filled with 32 circular saw blades painted with scenes in Delft China blue sold for $21,150 at Christie's New York. Visitors to the 2000 Venice Biennale probably noticed his life-sized carved walnut replica of a cement truck.

And his continuing project, a herd of pigs covered with tattoos done by the best needle-men Antwerp's red-light district has to offer, is currently appearing at venues around the globe. Marcel, a pig adorned with a Harley-Davidson tattoo, has visited several European cities, while Bonnie and Clyde spent last Thanksgiving at the San Francisco Art Institute and Boris and Tatiana went to the Moscow Art Fair. The artist also makes stuffed tattooed pigs (one sold at auction in 1998 for $12,500) and tattooed pig skins ($4,830 in 1999)

Oh yeah Baby! I want one of those turd-machines.

watchmeshit - that's where you'll find it - just follow the smell. Talking of smells - you ever travelled on Metro Line 14 here in Paris? The new driverless one with the window at the front? It literally smells like shit as it goes close to the underground sewer.

Reader Comments (180)

Geeze...where is everyone? And what's that smell? You in here Pervy?
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
That is brilliant!! I wonder if you fed it 10 VB schooners and 3 OP rum nightcaps whether this 'gut' would feel the same as mine in the morning. You'd probably have to stuff it full of maccas to get it back in order.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Gross. Can't we go somewhere nicer?

Oh wait ... radar won't update fast enoguh for our particular brand of rapid-fire comedy gold.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue
I Googled you today Chesty. As "Chesty le Rue". You come up on the front page under Radar. I'm there too. Everything we say here is reported on Google (But not on the StS Discussion Thread).
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
Bugger, I just posted somewhere else here.

Someone want to pull "Jason" down a peg or seven over at RADAR/scoop?

I've slapped MLD and am waiting for it to appear, so my work is done.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
Do me a favour, will ya? Click on "ellas blog" link in the piece above. She gets all excited when 40 or 50 campers pay her a visit from Wallyworld. She's got a great potty mouth for a single Mum with two small girls. Loves to cook. There's pix of her kitchen and she's naked frying shrimps or something in "Buttfuck, Tennessee" as she calls it.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
I think Stuart Brisley is your preserved turd man, Lambe...
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
It's 6-00am over there, Mountjoy.
What are you, a fucking milkman...
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
Nah, just ate brekky - now will be off air wheile I get dressed and drive to work....

I've been up since 4:45am when I walked the dog....
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
Thanks for that. Good shit. I'll Google him. I just emailed Dom a film review. ;) Seriously.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
Bloody bizarre, if you want a shit machine just get a big dog.
Worked for me!
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
When we win the Eurotrillions this weekend, I plan commisssion Wim Delvoye and his wondrous turd-machine to create a statue of Byrnes for my foyer...
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
You googled me? Shit. That's pretty scary.

At leats you only googled my screenname.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue
Fuck that...I'm buying the machine.
January 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
At 1000 bucks a turd/day it'd pay itself off pretty soon. I was in stitches when i read that it is fed by a first class chef. That has to produce a far more superior quality stool than the likes this mushroom has been feedin on.
January 18, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Oooh - That's an idea.

I just googled you too Chesty - Found a photo!! Interesting!
January 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
I feel the need to refer back to:

January 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
Er. That's not me, uncle B.
January 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue
Are you sure you don't have that cute little mole and aren't involved in only Trivia?
January 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
Pretty sure, B.
January 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue

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