Sabotage, came into the popular imagination during the
Industrial Revolution, when looms were damaged by
disgruntled workers who threw their wooden shoes (known in
French as sabots
) into the machinery. Acts of
sabotage have a primary objective of weakening an enemy or
oppressor through subversion, while simultaneously (it is
hoped) strengthening the position of the oppressed.
“The Dingus Smashing
” are examples of archaic and eloquent
games of self-sabotage. Black comedy encourages
personal dissidence to physically manifest by way of
articulated appliance. In this bedlam carnival,
bruises are badges of honor.
“The Art of Self Sabotage” is a forced pause in
the hilarious destructive frenzy, a wooden shoe thrown in,
to stall the chaos and expose the poetry of personal and
actual machines built to destroy us.