Cloaca No. 5 Produces No. 2 In Montreal

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It’s not every day that you hear radio interviews about poop machines. Last week I heard an interview on CBC radio’s arts show Q. The host, Jian Ghomeshi, was interviewing Belgian artist Wim Delvoye
about his art piece “Cloaca No. 5”, which was being exhibited in Montreal, not far from where I live.

Cloaca No. 5 is the fifth of a series of five digestion machines. Essentially, these machines eat food, digest it, and produce by-products of that digestion – farts and poop. Apparently there had been some controversy over this piece of art – it cost several thousand dollars to transport to Montreal, and not everyone thought it was money well spent.

Delvoye said in the interview that in creating the Cloaca machines, he aimed to create a machine that was completely useless. “Art should be useless,” he said.

He also said that Cloaca is a metaphor for art creation, digesting influences from other artists and making it your own. He mentioned that originally, dried samples of this machine’s creations were sold as souvenirs, but that they had sold out.

I went to the art gallery of a local university, L'Université du Québec à Montréal, where Cloaca no. 5 was being exhibited. A sign on the wall near the entrance of the gallery said that the machine was fed leftovers from the university cafeteria. I went downstairs to where the main attraction was being shown. The Cloaca machine was in the centre of a large room. On the walls of this room there were drawings of plans for Cloaca. The machine itself consisted of many large metal cans on their sides, stacked on top of each other, with tubes connecting them. The machine emitted a low humming sound as it worked, but I didn’t hear any farts. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), Cloaca didn’t poop while I was there.

I had a few thoughts later about Cloaca No. 5. I was thinking that this machine is very much a Shameless Shitter, unafraid to defecate in the middle of a room with people watching. I was also wondering – if a machine that produces poop is considered art, then does that mean that all of us produce art in our bathrooms?

For more information on the Cloaca series, visit http://cloaca.be/.




One of the models on display at The Power Plant in Toronto, 2004, churning out manufactured poop.

34 Comments on "Cloaca No. 5 Produces No. 2 In Montreal"

daphne's picture
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I encourage everyone to click on that link and allow pop-ups from the site. There's what looks to be a Mr. Clean chopped in half who tells you to buy fake shit. It's fairly bizarre!

Very nice report, Montreal Gal. I could only imagine a group of us there bearing banners and pennants, anxiously awaiting the machine to loaf one out.


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Thunderbox's picture
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What is it with Belgians and toilet art? Firstly there was the pissing boy and now this. An anal beak!

Good find, MG. I`d have to agree with the folk who thought it was a waste of money - all conceptual art is a pointless waste of money and should be enthusiastically discouraged.

The voice of sanity

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At least its not another one of those paintings of Jesus or the Virgin Mary painted with poop and put on public display on the taxpayers dime. It would actually be cool if this evolved into a robot that actually ate food then sat on a toilet, dropped a mega load (along with grunting and facial expressions of course), wipe its shiny metal ass and maybe operate a plunger if it had to. Its name would be Shit-bot or DeuceMaster 2000 or something like that. I would denfinantly donate to see something like that in action.

cornleg's picture
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personally, I produce movements.

Don't move the truck I'm still on the bucket!

Mrs. Mad Crapper's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Ya know Daphne it's funny I could picture us there too. Except you were the mother to us all and we all ran around widly misbehaving because the machine was constipated. Yep tooo much cough medicine.
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C Everett Poop's picture
j 1000+ points

If producing shit is an art form, you can just call me Michelangelo.

phatmanxxl's picture
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I just went to the website, its kinda disturbing how much work went into this device just to produce a turd. :-\

Curtiss E. Flush's picture
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Well, just think how complex we are and all we really produce are turds, too.


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Leaky Bowel King's picture
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I thought I had heard something about this a while back but I had never checked it out. And I don't think this is a wastes of time, and it's really a mix of science along with art. Considering the science that it took to be able to create this big digester, I think it's pretty amazing.

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Why is their stock of cloaca poop sold out? Shouldn't this thing be cranking out shit constantly?

phatmanxxl's picture
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I wonder if it even smells like poo.

pnuttycorn's picture
k 500+ points

Phatty, thay's the very first thing I thought.
Does it stink? I mean is it REALLY poo? I'm gonna have to go back and read some more about what kinda chemicals are in there... I mean can you reproduce bile? Thia is just freaky, but kinda cool. I would LOOVE to hear it fart.

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Is it just me, or was anyone else momentarily confused by the "Cloaca" blue oval? Not dissing on Ford, but...well....yeah, I am.
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Logjam's picture
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Bilge -- I had been looking at that, but focusing more on the text and thinking it was a play on Coca Cola's logo. Mr. Clean drinks Coke, and... Voila. But perhaps it's Mr. Clean, Ford, Coke and ... voila. In any case, how perspicacious of the artist, given how all of these companies are likely going to shit.

Logjam

pnuttycorn's picture
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What about the "WD" logo that looks like Warner Bros. And his signature looks like Walt Disney's? He's all over Americana.

ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points

This should be colaca #2. Art should be totally useless.....hmmmmm like throwing money down the toilet ?

ChiliKahKah's picture
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By the way, I think this was already done in the 70s Movie called The Groove Tube. Brown 25 was sponsored by the Uranus Company

Logjam's picture
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If art is totally useless, then that settles it: CEP is a piece of (art)work.

Logjam

C Everett Poop's picture
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Hey Thanks Logjam.

Blind Mullet's picture
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An excellent article here, with some thought-provoking posts.
It occurs to me that here in Australia, we have hundreds of these machines which do nothing but produce shit.
We call them 'politicians'.
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For those of you who wondered if this machine's poop stinks -- there was something on the wall of the exhibit that said the machine was both "art" and "scent donor".

When you say the word "poop", your mouth makes the same motion as your butt-hole does when pooping.

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For me, pooping is a fusion of art and religion. In fact, most times that I take a huge dump, I can be heard muttering my prayer of thanks, "Oh, gawd, what a masterpiece."
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If anyone using Internet Explorer cannot see the picture above in the story, would you please tell me? I was just on IE to see how things look, as I use Firefox unless doing school, and the picture would not come up. I checked my IE options, and they were on the lowest settings.

Thanks!


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Thunderbox's picture
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Can`t see it, Daphne.

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daphne's picture
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Goddammit. Now I have to figure out why. Curse you, Internet Explorer!!!!


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daphne's picture
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Fuck it, I'm goin' in with a welding mask serious. That fucking photo. If the rope goes taught, head for the swimming pool and and I'll avoid the light in the meantime.

(What I'm trying to say is that I'm going to go fiddle with the html and see if I can make the picture show up for IE users.)

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daphne's picture
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OK, TBox, can you see it now?


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Love the Site! - What is it about bodily function humor that cracks the world up!

ChiliKahKah's picture
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The Denver International Airport should exhibit this "art" as a replacement for the insane blue meth horse at the entrance to the airport.

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uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....................................! you nasty people!
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Anonymous Coward's picture

Daphne, I'm using Opera, and I can see the picture, If that's any consolation. Thank you for trying to fix the problem for the IE users, though.

And I think that machine vaguely resembles Richard Nixon... in more than one way...

daphne's picture
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Anon,

It is a consolation, actually. I have an HP printer, and it's a dream machine. I love it. I love it with one exception. In order to install the wireless printing (aaaaggghhhh, wireless printing), I had to install a disk to all the computers in our home network. Wouldn't you know that the software upsets Mozilla Firefox, my preferred browser.

I have talked to HP about this, and the emails and phone conversations involved with the subject tell me that HP either is acting clueless about the incompatibility, or HP doesn't care about it.

Wouldn't you know, though, that when IE 8 came out, HP made a point of discovering a patch to cover the same problem IE users were having as Firefox users have been having since this printer's software was distributed. Because of this, I feel that HP has a side deal with Microsoft.

It bugs me, because my money spent the same.

So, yes, I do appreciate your input on the browsers. Our goal at PoopReport is to degrade all internet browsers with our Brown Humor, indiscriminately, and without mercy.

Happy Pooping!


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the thin brown line's picture
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I wish Wim would develop a home version. I would feed the Cloaca recordings of Mariah Cary (in cassette form), some ponsu sause, a bratwurst, and Blue Skull Cap soda. Oh, and a picture of Karl Rove! That should produce a highly desirable poo, but might cause a breakdown of the mechanical digestive process.

Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

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An artwork is always in some sense a "thing made," but one usual criterion is that the artist makes it with conscious thought and artistic technique. I don't call my turds art because my insides don't think; I just produce them by natural process. If I were somehow to mold my poop into an artifact (and if I had any techniques in sculpture), I might end up with a very temporary work of art; but I certainly can't say that my EPODs (end products of digestion) are art simply as they emerge.

What's artistic about the Cloaca exhibit is the structure. It looks like a Rube Goldberg apparatus. The poop that eventuates is simply exhaust; the art object is the machine. It certainly was made as the result of a lot of thought, and the artist certainly used artistic techniques; so I am willing to say that it is art. Do I like it? Haven't decided yet. Would I pay tax money (the only money a government has to spend) to bring it? My vote would be no, if anyone is listening. Let the artist transport it, set it up, charge admission (and pay rent on the space), sell the "product," and use his own money to do so. Or, if the museum uses its own private funds to bring the thing, that would be well and good. Tax money, no. Citizens pay too much for unauthorized crap as it is.

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