Last night, I went to the PPOW Gallery to see a screening of Michael Kimball and Luca Dipierro’s I Will Smash You, a film consisting of short scenes of people smashing objects (or, in one case, smashing a concept) for assorted reasons. In most cases, the smashing functioned for the person performing it on both a philosophical and a physical level. Some were hilarious, others were bittersweet; I will admit that the record nerd in me nearly cried when one of the objects to be dispatched was revealed to be HÃ¼sker DÃ¼’s Zen Arcade, on double LP. What worked nicely was Dipierro and Kimball’s ability to capture moments of contemplation just after people’s objects were destroyed; the looks, somewhere between relief and contemplation, were what stood out the most for me.
Also, a lot of things get smashed. Including a paper-mache head. Full of fake blood.
Also screened were excerpts from the pair’s next film, 60 Writers / 60 Places, which looks to feature both neatly composed shots and writers occasionally unnerving nearby people with their prose.