Death metal band to perform in airtight, soundproof container until they run out of oxygen

June 30, 2014 by Tyler Sharp

Death metal band to perform in airtight, soundproof container until they run out of oxygen

As part of London's popular Sculpture In The City art exhibit, UK death metal band Unfathomable Ruination will be performing inside a sealed, airtight container until they ultimately run out of oxygen. The piece comes from Portuguese artist João Onofre, which was influenced by Tony Smith’s 1962 minimalist sculpture, Die

The installment's description reads:

"This is the first time that João Onofre’s work, Box sized DIE featuring Unfathomable Ruination, 2007 - 2014 has come to London, having toured extensively through Europe at venues including Palais de Tokyo and MACBA. Influenced by Tony Smith’s pioneering minimalist sculpture Die (1962), the steel box serves as a mobile location for performance. In each location the sculpture travels to, Onofre invites a local Death Metal band to play, on this occasion Unfathomable Ruination. The box is soundproofed, determining and restricting the performance’s duration to the length of time in which the oxygen is expended. Outside the cube, viewers observe its strange vibrations, only viewing the band’s entrance and exit to the performance space."

Performances will take place on July 3 at 6 and 7 PM, as well as from July 4 through August 1 at 6 PM, Wednesday through Friday.

You can take another look inside the box below. What are your thoughts on the unusual piece?

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