A Death Metal Band Will Play In An Airtight Box Until They Run Out Of Oxygen

Unfathomable Ruination will challenge the “death” in death metal when the UK group plays inside an airtight, soundproofed box in London until they run out of oxygen. Why? Because, art.

Box Sized DIE featuring Unfathomable Ruination

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. (Via)

It’s a neat stunt, but unless the band actually dies, they’re totally poseurs. Also, I can’t believe Unfathomable Ruination isn’t the name of a fake band on Metalocalypse.

Stereogum via City of London