Human Slaughterhouse to Feed Pigs: 'Foodmaster' by Atelier Van Lieshout

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photos: Eveline van Egdom, via stroom.typepad.com

In the installation "Foodmaster" by art/design firm Atelier Van Lieshout, a slaughterhouse works in reverse — here, humans are slaughtered to feed the pigs. It's part of the ongoing "Foodprint. Food for the city." program in The Hague, Netherlands, a two-year series of exhibitions, symposiums, and art projects that "focuses on the influence food can have on the culture, shape and functioning of the city."

Serving as a critique of nightmarish industrialized animal food production, "Foodmaster" features humans hung up like hogs, a series of operating/butchery tables, and a machine that turns anonymized humans into food for pigs. From the installation's description (this is a rough translation from Dutch):

"Foodmaster" shows a pig-feed machine, and operating tables that are necessary for the efficient processing of pig meat to people. In an attempt to rationalize industrial food production, "FoodMaster" presents a critical commentary on our modern consumer society. On the other hand, "FoodMaster" is also a solution to the problem of feeding the ever-growing world population. In this system, only simple production work is needed — the process is as simple and easy as possible. The machine works on human remains that are first crushed, then dried, and sterilized. Thus the man himself becomes part of the fully-industrialized food chain that he has created.

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Rob Kollaard, via stroom.nl

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Dorine Rüter, via flickr.com

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Rob Kollaard, via stroom.nl

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Dorine Rüter, via flickr.com

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Dorine Rüter, via flickr.com

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Dorine Rüter, via flickr.com

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"Foodmaster," Atelier Van Lieshout, 2009. Photo: Dorine Rüter, via flickr.com

"Foodmaster" by Atelier Van Lieshout
June 27 through August 23, 2009
BINK36, Binckhorstlaan 36, The Hague, Netherlands

[via Happy Hotelier]

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  1. Decay

    Wonder if they listen to Cattle Decapitation at all. (the members are all militant vegans.)

  2. Emily

    This is some creepy, creepy art. I can't help but be reminded of the Holocaust. But I guess that's sort of the point.

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