The Cloaca Machine
Cloaca is probably Wim Delvoye’s most famous art installation. In 2000, he put together a complex machinery at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium. The machine’s sole job is to simulate “digestion” and produce poo. Yep, you read that right.
Wim’s Cloaca machine (cloaca is a zoological term for the posterior opening of animals) was fed meals twice a day. Then, viewers can follow the food as it makes its way through a series of glass containers (in the original set up as shown above), which represent the various stages of digestion.
At the end of the tract, the machine produces feces, which are then vacuum-packed and sold in translucent boxes:
Cloaca has its own website, where you can find out more about the art project: