Food and Drink 

The art of eating and the eating of art


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Then there’s the Chinese artist, Zhu Yu, who, in his “Eating People” performance at the 2000 Shanghai Biennale professed to eat, what else?, people, even babies. But look closer — his snack pretty much looks like various pieces of meat stuck together.

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Any good naturalist will tell you that a cloaca is the derriere opening on some animals that carries out all intestinal, urinary and genital functions — sort of a three-holes-in-one deal.

For his truly sensational installation called “Cloaca”, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has created a large complex Rube Goldberg-type machine that is “fed” fine Continental cuisine. At the end of a long elaborate process, the machine turns out what looks and smells much like shit, not to put too fine a point on it.

In a final very large tongue-in-cheek salute to consumerism and consumption, the little brown turds are subsequently vacuum-packed and sold on line.

Yes, you, too, can have your own unique, original piece of art to hang on your walls and impress all your class-mates with! Just imagine how your investment might grow.


Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer with a most unusual lumpy pear on her wall. Contact her at

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