Scrap Club

A public Destructivist activity which involves the audience smashing up household equipment with sledgehammers in a controlled environment. The activity isolates the activity of destruction as an end in itself without inferring any subsequent creative act or idealistic purpose. We aim to get people to experience destruction as a personal, cathartic action filtered from all social, idealistic, constructive motives that might mask other motives that are as intrinsic and intuitive to human experience, as natural phenomena, as the drive to create.

There are other elements that distinguish the destructive action over objects that have to do with the act in itself rather than the resulting personal sensation. In times where all experience is mediated and filtered by a digital and increasingly uniformed codices, Scrap Club offers a feel of a real experience that relieves pent up aggression expressed in choreographic actions intended on inflicting maximum damage on household objects. The passion gets diverted away from interpersonal violence and sociopathic vandalism into a self styled performance intended on smashing up otherwise useless familiar items.

Finally, Scrap Club adds another link in the chain of human/object relationship – Right before the inanimate machinations enter the recycling chain, after being designed, created and thoroughly used, humanity has a go at smashing it up, asserting their role as their creators and destroyers. Participants have commented how there is a clear feeling of a sending off, of a funeral rite, despite there not being anything particularly ritualistic about the framework of Scrap Club. As the quoted from several participants, the destruction of it, is the peak of their relationship with the object.

Destructivistas – An article written by Joel Cahen about Scrap Club and destruction as an end in itself.

Founded by Joel Cahen and Wajid Yaseen

Press, pictures, videos and texts on Scrap Club here

London – 12 installations since 2007
Newcastle – Wunderbar Festival 2009
Amsterdam – 2 installations at NDSM