Jake Chapman, Dinos ChapmanLittle Death Machine (Castrated) 1993

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Artwork details

Artists
Jake Chapman (born 1966)
Dinos Chapman (born 1962)
Title
Little Death Machine (Castrated)
Date 1993
MediumAluminium, steel, wood, glass, plastic, rubber, paper, leather, soap and coffee
Dimensionsdisplayed: 1384 x 742 x 943 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1997
Reference
T07272
Not on display

Summary

The process of making Little Death Machine was empirical. The Chapman brothers assembled various objects they had in their studio and experimented with different systems to make them work. On a wooden surface two brains, cast in latex, and a rubber dildo are linked by plastic tubing and a crude system of wheels and pulleys to a hammer and a milk bottle. The whole mechanism is mounted on a metal framework and encased in a perspex box. Six bottles of liquids simulating milk in various stages of decomposition are displayed on the perspex base underneath the machine. Originally, before becoming 'castrated', the machine operated as a closed circuit… (read more)

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