BBC four made a documentary called 'The Man Who Destroyed Everything', it follows Landy in the weeks following Break Down. I watched it earlier this week. I was interested as to why Landy chose to destroy everything. My project has been exploring what it would be like to have nothing, but it is very different to have chosen that.
I found watching the documentary to be very strange, when it ended I was still confused as to WHY Landy did what he did. Partly I think that he wasn't exactly sure why he did it; he knew he needed to make this piece but that was it. For me I think it was about releasing himself, at the end of the documentary he talked about how now he felt like he could 'just make nice little pictures' now. Maybe his 'stuff represented the pressure he felt as an artist to make these big peices and by destroying the stuff he was freeing himself from the pressure.
I have been trying to imagine how it would feel to destroy my stuff. I imagine (and Landy has confirmed this in interview) that the act of destruction would be very cathartic, and you would be able to maintain an emotional distance from the act. However once it was all over and I was left with just a few sacks of rubble I imagine that it would be very scary and hard to move on from, there would be so many possibilities that it would be almost impossible to know what to do and how to carry on.
So imagine how it would feel to have to start again not by choice.