Forget yoga – break something, says Guido Dodero. Smash a couple of bottles and watch the shards fly; it helps to actually observe the destruction in progress. Dodero founded the Break Club in Buenos Aires with the idea of entertaining, diverting and providing a kind of therapy for his fellow human beings. At the Break Club, you pay for the privilege of smashing things to bits with total impunity inside a darkened room. It costs roughly 25 euros to reduce an old computer screen and 20 glass bottles to smithereens. Quite a lot of money, you say? Maybe. But maybe not, considering that people have been known to fling their 1000-euro-smartphone against the wall. Anger hast to have some kind of vent.
It’s a shame I’m not the least bit angry when I enter the Break Club. Dodero and I discuss the appropriate music to listen while raging – Led Zeppelin. We talk about Buenos Aires, where a higher than average number of psychologists lives and works. It is a coincidence that he started the Break Club here? I choose my weapon. For the television, I pick a hammer that sits good and heavy in my hand. I try to feel loathing for the set in front of me, try to project a face I dislike onto its gray, dusty screen – and give it a whack. Plastic splinters fly against my face shield. Glass shatters, but I feel no loss of control. Instead, I feel a surge of pleasure that lingers – at this absurd moment, at doing something so out of the ordinary and at the curiosity that fills me after a couple more whacks, when the TV’s interior comes to light. I experience an epiphany: So this is what a cathode ray tube television looks like on the inside! thebreakclub.com