Cloaca, The Poo Machine

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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.

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