Rotating Kitchen

December 2nd, 2009

The Rotating Kitchen by Zeger Reyers was put into motion during the opening of the exhibition Eating the Universe at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany, last Friday. It will keep rotating slowly till February 28th 2010.

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80 Responses to “Rotating Kitchen”

  1. dihs Says:

    So wish they had rotated a camera with that. Or even set one up for a live feed. Could watch this for hours.

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  4. richard the design student Says:

    i coulda used that stuff for my apartment.. Some child dying in Africa from starvation could have fed themself on the food being wasted. Art or whatever this is should really try looking at the real world and saying to itself, wtf am I doing?

    Other then that, the designer in me goes: cool mechanism?

  5. Adrian Says:


    @Richard I am sorry Richard, but it’s a cool thing. That’s a form from art. In the world there is enough food to feed the whole world, but it get in the trash, because of money. That is sick. For money people are dying. Art is a good way to show things.

    Also i wished to have a camera rotating with it ^^

  6. Will Says:

    Crap like this isn’t art when hungry and poor people would kill for a chance to get in a kitchen like that and eat that food. This is nothing more than an offensive waste.

  7. corman Says:

    i think it is stupid.

  8. Brian Says:

    This is going to smell really bad in three months!

  9. werner Says:

    Yeah it’s art! If you consider jackass/dirty sanchez entertainment, then there you have it: Art. Also its a good simulation for the end of the world: how to keep your kitchen tidy in a rollbarrel house (common in the-end-is-nigh scenarios). Not much use in a zombie outbreak, though. Whats bothering me is why i’ve wasted 11 minutes of my limited time in this world to watch this piece of s… kitchen

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  11. Beauty Says:

    It seems like more than one person have a misunderstanding of the word art, or maybe is with aesthetics and beauty?
    You should look that up in a dictionary.

  12. dan Says:

    this argument is stupid

    rotating kitchen rules

  13. Larry Garfield Says:

    @werner. I don’t consider Jackass to be art or entertainment. Just plain stupid. And um, yeah, this too.

  14. Andrew Says:

    high five dan!

  15. J.Knecht Says:

    When you’re feeling down in the dumps, take a moment to be grateful that your kitchen is likely not of the rotating variety.

  16. robnit Says:

    the leeks are leaking.

  17. Kate Says:

    there ARE starving children in the world and the resources humans have are not put to the best use in regards to helping these children, but the fact is that those starving children were not going to get that food regardless. The waste of food is a stupid reason to hate on this piece of art. when kindergarten children make macaroni art no one makes any comments; when people simply can not finish the rest of their peas after dinner or end up having to throw out their rotten leftovers the week after thanksgiving people do not stand outside homes protesting; and when people spend money on frivolous things such as a television or “stylish” clothing instead of on charity funds they are not looked upon as the scum of the universe.
    bottom line: comments degrading this piece of art because of its “wastefulness” are unnecessary

  18. Nick K. Says:

    Won’t it get moldy and gross by Feb 28th?

  19. meocrisis Says:

    it would be better if you build a rotating toilet. Didn’t your mom ever tell you to never play with food?
    you are a great role model for the upgrowing generation. dont come with the “this is art” argument because this cannot be your argument for every shit you produce.

    i wonder if i shit on my desk and say this is art the people will come and take a photo and blog about it….

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  21. ursonate Says:

    Art with food always reminds me of the year the whitney biennial had several pieces that got smelly over time. old mattresses with cake smeared all over them? not so great, actually.

  22. Jon Thompson Says:

    Feeding this food to children would only take care of their hunger for the day. If this art piece causes even just one family to think about and reduce the wastefulness of their own kitchen, it will result in food saved for years to come, meaning a net gain in worldwide available food. I don’t know if that was the intent of this piece, but it combined with the comments has resulted in my thinking of how similar in fact this “kitchen” is to my own, and how I can improve my habits, which I had already considered more efficient than the average American kitchen.

  23. est nyboer Says:

    the best thing about this is the sound. if someone told me that this was a john cage piece i’d believe it.

  24. werner Says:

    You’re absolutely right, kate. It’s not the food which makes this “art piece” a complete vaste of my time. It’s the fact that there’s art and there’s this cr*p. Falls in the category: ingest organic paint and vomit that on a big white sheet of fabric; expose in a avantgarde gallery; complain people don’t understand art cause they’re thick or something similar. Remember Maude Lebowsky’s vagina paintings?! :D If this rotating kitchen is art then I’m an aesthetically challenged person and bloody proud of that!

  25. B Says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why he put all the lights and the motor on the same circuit. Any idiot could have told you after watching about 5 seconds of this that the ceiling light was going to short circuit when everything dumped on it.

  26. Becky Says:

    Take an art history class and see all the much worse things that art historian’s call art.
    American’s love wasting everything, our consumeristic society will leave us all fucked in the end.
    As a scupture student I am constantly presented with the challenge of making sculpture with little to no money. I think we’re jumping to conclusions if we assume that he bought everything new for this. Just a point to consider when you call him wasteful.

  27. Dave Says:

    You’re absolutely right, Nick.

  28. Bizzarro Bazar Says:

    This piece makes a kitchen almost look “alive” and human… throwing up pieces of food, furniture, utensiles… the KITCHEN, our consumerist temple, has been turned uspide down, with catastrophic results. You’re thinking about poor, starving children? That’s good, that is part of the project, if I understood it right. It’s just an anarchist and cynical look on welfare.
    This art project would be perfect if *you* could be in that kitchen for a couple of months or so.
    Could Apocalyspe be as simple as rotating a kitchen?

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  30. rachel Says:

    Sorry but I don’t consider this art.

  31. Stewie Says:

    What and where is the point, please tell.

  32. ablestmage Says:

    All those muttering on about starving children in Africa, undoubtedly are doing precisely as much help to the plight of African children as this installation. Why are you surfing the web looking at videos, when you could be spending your time down at the local food bank? Hypocrites, all of you.

  33. Rex Says:

    Anything that stimulates the conversation of “is it art, or isn’t it art” becomes art. It challenges everyone to consider, what makes anything what it is. “Stupid” or not, its funny to watch people cast it quickly out as “not being art” when that only draws more attention from other people, who will look at it…kinda turning it more and more into art….

  34. Ashley Says:

    Amazed by this awesome/conceptual piece of art. Amazed by the number of posters who don’t get it. Bruce Sterling has it right in “Holy Fire” trying to come up with a better concept for the future of creative visual experimentation… it’s not art, it’s “Artifice” If I remember correctly he defined it as building something new using science and technology in ways that don’t serve a practical purpose, but provoke thought, discussion and make you say “damn… wow!” Read “Makers” by Cory Doctorow…

    To everybody who doesn’t get what this is about… my take: The kitchen begins spotless, white, perfectly designed and full of every type of food, it’s completely mundane, and also represents the soulless and seemingly safe communities that so many people in the developed world live in (probably 60% of my former classmates (from the U.S.) would have a kitchen very similar to this one. It’s about the illusion of safety. The amount of food that gets wasted in this art piece is probably less than what is thrown away at a single supermarket in a single day, it’s not an excuse, it’s important to the piece. It’s about life out of control, it’s about the illusion of safety, and the instability of a world out of control. Imagine the crashing sounds, imagine standing in front of it after a week and seeing the fixtures completely destroyed by the impacts of broken plates and rotting vegetables.

    Art is about awe, making something that you stand in front of and feel yourself and the world changing. Whether it’s a painting, a sculpture, or a diabolical machine. This is most certainly art.

  35. justin Says:

    werner, what you fail to understand is that art does not necessarily have anything to do with aesthetics.

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  37. Henrik Callerstrand Says:

    Buy me a rotating kitchen and I will have it installed at my place anytime!

  38. mz liz Says:

    I love art that is funny. I am distressed by the lack of laughter in the track on this one.

    Just kidding, I find nothing distressing about this. Perfectly memorizing.

  39. Ted Says:

    This is just soft core disaster porn.

  40. Franny Says:

    I wonder how it is today. Does anyone have an update on it?

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  42. postscript Says:

    Please people, if you are so concerned about hungry people, quit your jobs and go help them directly. Stop criticizing and act that could be art, depending of your appreciation of it. If you think art is just paintings, you should go and see more contemporary art. I think this piece directly questions commodity and the middle class like yourselves! (Including me)

  43. postscript Says:

    and btw, this was done before by Martin Kersels in a different context:

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  47. EmptyOne Says:

    Fantastic! I was laughing hysterically without knowing why – then it came to me. Everything is ordered. Neat. Then, slowly, slowly everything spins OUT OF CONTROL. It’s like a jack in the box, you turn – nothing. You turn again – nothing. Then CRASH! Fantastic! I really think there are two camps out there – those that get it and those that can go f themselves! Stop being so serious!

    I agree – I could watch this for hours. Better than ANYTHING on TV!

  48. estapepe Says:

    Fascinating! Would be a cool screen-saver.

  49. estapepe Says:

    And the sounds of it are beautiful. Try just listening to it without watching it.

  50. pronoblem Says:

    Wow… this is beautiful.

    Ignorant comments on a website are not going to change what is and is not art or serve to better the lives of hungry people. It is typical, people don’t understand something so they lash out at it. If you are offended by this work then don’t ever look in a dumpster behind a fast food restaurant… or even better, experience art like Cloaca:

  51. Pamela Daley Says:

    I love! love! love! this work and the comments – especially the stupid ones – made me laugh so hard I choked – temporarily! :)(:

  52. Frank Cabernet Says:

    An interesting piece. The sound element is really great
    I haven’t read all the comments but for those ‘starving children’ protesters – if it worries you so much go out on the streets and help the homeless. Don’t waste time leaving crass comments on websites.

    I manage to make art, help those less well off than me AND leave crass comments on websites!

  53. Anne Prost Says:

    Is this going to be a health hazard?

  54. 4ndiland Says:

    At first I was mad and disgusted and felt cheated cuz I agreed with half of you: this isn’t art.

    Then I asked myself: why do I feel that way?
    and it dawned on me: any art that get me this riled up can’t be bad… right?
    Art is supposed to go get you deep down. This piece does that. The sounds. The slow destruction of everything in a passive way. The sheer wastefulness.
    I easily imagined the artist as someone who fantasized about what his own kitchen would look like on a rotational device, one day while having toast, and so thought: screw all of you i am making a rotating kitchen.

    having said that, the fact that food will spoil. that shit was falling all over the place, that the light was on the same circuit as the motor… all this leads me to believe that the piece was not thought out well and I am probably giving it more depth than it deserves.

  55. Kyra Revenko Says:


    fantastic piece.


    to re-iterate:
    this argument is stupid

    rotating kitchen rules

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  58. werner Says:

    i got it! memento mori! it’s bloody enthropy… we all grind down to pieces.
    i tried, dudes and dudetess… this is my first online comment ever (actually my third… on this page). tried the water, so to speak.
    on a very, very, very abstract level, i agree with the this-is-art side: got people talking, very intersesting pov’s etc. put on a basic down-to-earth level: wtf?! it resonated withe the poor dog left to die in south america (you know what i’m talking aboot), for the same liberty of expression idealism.
    someone smarter than me said once that liberty of speech stand in lieu for liberty of thinking. some other fella said to me once that avantgarde artists (this kitchen guy) is like recon elements of an army. when they got contact, the regular troops (soon-to-be-mainstream artists) arrive. they hit something.
    sooo… is this a skirmish or the push?!
    i don’t like this rotating kitchen. but i liked the reactions from all of you.
    funny feeling…

  59. Anon Says:

    Stupid idiots. Food growers and suppliers put perfectly okay produce into landfills to up the prices of things.. Complain about THEIR wasting of food, don’t do it here..

    In fact the people commenting have likely wasted far more food than in this piece of art.

  60. emmanuel - wat Says:

    I think look at a garbage compactor is more beautiful than that…and avoid these waste.

  61. youhavebeenheresometime Says:

    more tumbling rooms here!

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  63. Ari Akshian Says:

    Werner’s right. We’ve all been hooked. The art is this thread. Got a hell of a reaction didn’t it? What is art if not a catalyst for discussion; a vehicle to stimulate the questioning of the routine and comfortable? The walls of this messy, spinning room are breaking down walls of preconception whether you want them to or not, and regardless of whether you like them. They don’t care about you or your opinion. It ain’t always pretty.

  64. Dakotah J Says:

    Hello, Wheres the fridge and stove?

  65. Marcus Lycus Says:

    This is a waste of time, money, and valuable resources. To call it anything else ridiculous. Take that stuff and do something good with it rather than inciting arguments between those that will praise anything considered art and those that see it for what it really is.

  66. Sick-Ish Says:

    i say rotateing bedroom with a person in side and straps on the bed so he can actually sleep now that art

  67. marika Says:

    For me, this piece evokes sympathetic feelings for those who live in earthquake prone zones. It is one thing to imagine your world being turned upside down, another to see it.

  68. Dane Says:

    Art is subjective, I like it, you don’t, who cares, that is the beauty of art, get over yourselves.

  69. John Says:

    This is art? What’s funny about this is that people are easily entertained. To prove the point, go to a public place and start looking at the sky for a few minutes and notice people around you. After a while, they’ll be looking at the sky, but will not know why; just as what we see in this video.

  70. Stacy Alexander Says:

    This particular artist has occupied himself with a topic that is more common to Dutch art than to his native Norwegian, ….namely living art. The life he works with defines space and the life span . He therefore, transforms himself into a slow working sculptor of time. There is also an element of surprise in his work that is embedded in the fusion of form and space. There is also quite a lot of humor and irreverence in his handling of the artworks. He did an entire series of food sculptures including one in which a chair is cooked. :-)

  71. Sarah Says:

    so this is kinda cool, but i don’t really understand how it is “art”.
    just seems like a big waste of time and some good money.

  72. Mike Baehr Says:

    Is there any way to keep on top of the kitchen’s progress? I’d really like to see how it looks now, as compared to how it looked when it first started rotating. I imagine it smells quite dreadful, too.

  73. Ian Says:

    For all the people saying that this is a huge waste of food and there are starving people around the world. SHUT THE FUCK UP! Your pretentious attitude is wasted on the internet. This food would not have been put to better use, it would have gone down the throats of rich people.

    When was the last time you went hungry for a day and sent $10 to starving people? Fucking never, idiots

  74. Geoff Says:

    @ Ian

    Actually, I’ve participated in Free The Children’s annual 24 hour famine at my high school for the past 3 years, and each time we raised over $2000 towards building schools and supporting villages in the developing world.

    So instead of sitting on your ass and bitching at what you think other people aren’t doing, go out and do something to improve the world.

    This kitchen, while initially interesting in concept, is definitely a waste of resources. not just the food, but all of the materials used to construct the mechanism and kitchen, and the energy used to rotate the whole assembly.

    I want to know when people will stop trying to create art for the sake of art (don’t get me wrong, I like some of it). If you truly have something to express, you will express it. Otherwise, spend your time in a more productive, less wasteful manner, please. (that last sentence applies to anyone reading this too).

  75. Storfy Says:

    As far as art goes, I think paintings are less expensive and more expressive. All of the things in this piece are thrown together onto some mechanism or another. I have to wonder how much interaction the artist had with this piece other than funding and bad sketches.

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  77. Greg Says:

    I love how everybody is taking pictures. WHOOP DE DOO, it’s just falling food. So lame. However I like this. Instead of going into some lengthy “what it really means” drill like others before me (I would only take the artists word from his mouth), I think this is mostly about the process… the act of falling and seeing it. What falls first, how things fall, where they land, what it all looks like jumbled together. Just the motions and to watch it happen. A piece here and there, kinda like ambient music. Also, destruction and chaos in any form can be beautiful, another reason why I like this, it’s just visually interesting. Also the fact that stuff falls out of the exhibit. I didn’t think of wasted food or anything either (and even still, if they paid for the food, they should be able to use it in any way they want). That is why I think taking a picture is lame. This is a piece to watch, stills don’t to do it justice.

    Also, was having the lights go something on purpose? I would have had them in protective plastic or something so that it was lit up the whole. Really felt dead after it was nearly all around and the lights went out.

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  79. Seth Says:


    How is this ‘art?’
    Granted…I’m not some wamby-pamby that’s gonna complain someone else could be eating that food, because let’s be serious…who hasn’t thrown out food? Grow up.

    This isn’t art because it’s quite simply a bunch of nothing. I really don’t understand the concept.

    Are we re-discovering the concept of gravity? Is that what it is?

    I don’t know what’s more pretentious: calling this ‘art,’ or whining about starving kids in africa.

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