Fermenting Vessel with Man


Plastic, fiberglass, steel
330 x 210 x 155 cm

In the large-scale installation The Technocrat human faeces is transformed into biogas. The one thousand participants in this production process lie on bunk beds with tubes attached to their anuses. They are fed constantly to guarantee a fresh supply of excrement. Alcohol keeps them sedated and happy. The biogas produced is used to cook food and distil alcohol, creating a perfect, circular system with man as a cog in the machine.

Fermenting Vessel with Man (2004) was part of the following exhibition(s):
‘Let’s Get Physical’, Atelier Van Lieshout, Rotterdam (NL), 2020 – 2021
‘Vrijstaat’, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse (NL), 2014
‘Infernopolis’, Submarinewharf, Rotterdam (NL), 2010
‘Das Haus’, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (DE), 2008 – 2009

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