Smashfest | Arts | Indy Week



When: Fri., Nov. 28 2014


It's time for that most grotesque of American rituals, Black Friday. How many people will be trampled, how many family holidays ruined, for electronics deals this year? If the day after Thanksgiving makes you long to bust up the mall, you can indulge without legal penalty at the Scrap Exchange's fourth annual Smashfest. At the creative reuse center's anti-consumerism fundraiser, you'll buy breakable items like old mirrors, flatware and pottery—then promptly break them in the parking lot. "Smashing techniques include hurling small objects against a dumpster or applying a sledgehammer to larger objects," the Scrap Exchange advises. There are also less destructive activities, such as art-making with the center's supplies from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. When things move outside at 4 p.m., fire pits and metal bands—Heron, Squall and several others—come out to set a properly aggressive mood. You can get food from a KoKyu truck (don't smash that) and see artist Anna Wallace ritualistically shatter her own work at 7:30 p.m. And it's not as wasteful as it sounds—to the contrary, these pulverized remains of mass-produced relics are to be swept up, cleaned and cycled back into the creative ecosystem. 49 p.m., free, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., 919-688-6960, —Brian Howe

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