Scrapclub is a Destructivist art project exploring the motivations and effects of acts of destruction. We see it more than just blind rage release but also an activity that poses questions about value, heritage, vandalism and issues of waste. It also elucidates an angle of human object relationships, the actual physical interaction between human and machine that goes against the prescribed, consumer driven, planned obsolescence motivated production line.
Art objects. We love the disfigured objects resulting from the destructive fury. Each object starts out identical on the production line and ends up uniquely distorted at Scrapclub by the invested emotional cathartic energy
We supply you with sledgehammers and pipes to DESTROY various household objects such as TVs, washing machines, cookers, computers, musical instruments, office furniture and the occasional car….
all the objects are beyond their original use….everything destroyed is scrap…if it works we don’t use it…. All the remains get recycled appropriately.
Safety is of course paramount so you will be provided with professional safety equipment such as goggles, helmets and gloves (professional first-aiders are always on hand just in case)
Enter the ScrapPit
image by Nick Coates
We create we destroy, locked in a perpetual cycle. Scrapclub celebrates the forces of DESTRUCTION
that pulse in each and every one of us.
Surrounded by products manufactured en-masse to satisfy habits and lifestyle we find ourselves shaping around them, with them, for them. Intertwined, they mediate between ourselves, our environments and our needs.
Scrapclub offers an opportunity to retaliate.
At the Kirkaldy Railway Museum in Southwark.
We placed an upright piano in the machine that tests the strength of rail tracks. The piano was slowly squashed until its cast iron heart started popping out of the machine and we had to stop.
Video by Ana De Matos
Sound by Joel Cahen
CREATED WITH FURY
The Guardian: "It's definitely the most fun destructivist public art event I've been to"
The Times: "There is primal pleasure in breaking stuff, what do I do for a living? I'm a carer."
BBC Television: "I wonder if it would work for the stress of this cold weather, what do you think Pete?"
Time Out: "It feels like you can tap into all your positive emotions and let them out in a very explosive way"
Metro Amsterdam p.17: "Het mag allemaal stuk"
The Londonist: "people take back the control from the tyranny of objects that we seemingly can’t live with - and can’t live without"
Also, radio interviews with Gareth O’Callaghan 4FM, Chris Evans, Radio 2 and George Lamb, BBC6