Restless Observer: Interview with Wim Delvoye
By Paul Laster
Wim Delvoye dreams outrageously—some would say gratuitously—big. He lives and works out of a renovated castle in Belgium, with a medieval-esque moat surrounding him. He is known for his technically perfect, highly ambitious, and often controversial projects: the Cloaca machines, which scientifically transform the cuisine of the world’s best chefs into manufactured feces; live pigs inked with drawings of Disney princesses and fashion logos, and hand-reared on Delvoye’s farm in Beijing; and Rimowa suitcases intricately embossed with Persian motifs with the help of craftsmen in Iran’s legendary Isfahan province. A neo-conceptualist at heart, Wim Delvoye combines philosophical ideas with an eye for new materials and impeccable craftsmanship, challenging existing infrastructures and hierarchies.