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This 'poop machine' could assist in the fight against bowel cancer

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One of Tasmania’s most talked-about artworks, Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca Professional, ends with a pile of shit. Literally.

The Belgian artist’s “poo machine,” part of the permanent collection at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), replicates a human digestive system. You “feed” it actual food, which makes its way through the system and, uh, comes out the other end as… yep.

Cloaca Professional, 2010 (detail) Wim Delvoye. Collection MONA, Hobart.

Cloaca Professional, 2010 (detail) Wim Delvoye. Collection MONA, Hobart.

Image: MONA/Rémi Chauvin, Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art

Now, the ABC reports, the work could be a key advancement in the fight against bowel cancer, after the museum allowed the machine’s afternoon dump to be tested by pathologists for bowel cancer on Tuesday.  Read more…

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