What Is Scrapclub?

ScrapClub is a public destructivist project co-founded by the Sound Artists Wajid Yaseen and Joel Cahen. The project pays a nod to the destructivist movement led by Gustav Metzger and Raphael Ortiz culminating in the infamous DIAS symposium held in London in 1966, the difference being the facilitation of direct engagement of destructivist experience by the public.

The bottom line is that audience members are direct participants and are given sledgehammers, crowbars, bats and pipes to destroy various household objects such as TVs, washing machines, cookers, computers, musical instruments, office furniture and the occasional car in safely controlled zone. All the objects are sourced from a wide variety of locations, and everything is scrap. All of it is sent to a recycling plant once dealt with at Scrapclub. Safety is paramount so participants are provided with professional PPE equipment such as goggles, helmets and gloves (professional first-aiders are always on-site). Names are chosen randomly, 10 people at a time get 10 minutes in the ‘scrap pit’ and everybody gets a turn.