Shredding Money in the Name of Art
Gary McNair, a Glasgow-based theatre-maker, is the artist behind the one-man show Crunch, which runs until 27 August at Forest Fringe.
Conceived in the wake of the financial crisis, while McNair was an associate artist of the National Theatre of Scotland, the show seeks to critique money as a belief system. In it, McNair promises a “five-step programme” to “release you from the terrors of the financial system”. […]
The climax of the show was, however, the moment when he suggested members of the audience feed their hard-earned cash through an office shredder, “as a vaccine against the disasters of the future, so that money and greed will lose their grip on you”. Five did, with £10 notes as well as £5 notes returned to their owners as useless slithers of paper. (Destroying banknotes is not an offence, as commonly believed, though defacing them is.)