Death Metal “Art Installation”: Rockers Perform Inside Airtight Container Until They Pass Out

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By Jordy Altman

How long would Slayer last?

Each year, the city of London hosts Sculpture In The City, a popular open air art exhibition that draws visitors from around the world. In it’s fourth year, the exhibit will include international work from renowned artists: Jim Lambie, Cerith Wyn Evans, Ben Long, Julian Wild, Nigel Hall, Peter Randall-Page and Richard Wentworth. Oh, and UK death metal band Unfathomable Ruination.

That’s right – Unfathomable Ruination will perform its signature intense and brutal style of death metal inside of a sealed, soundproof, airtight container… until they run out of oxygen. All in the name of progressive art. Or in the name of progressive rock, we’re not totally sure.

While the performance piece may seem like a poorly planned David Blaine stunt, Portuguese artist João Onofre is confident his installation will turn heads and draw a crowd. 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.”

If you happen to be traveling England this summer, stop by London’s the Square Mile for spell. Unfathomable Ruination will be performing Onofre’s piece three nights a week (Wed-Fri) until the end of July. That’s 15 chances to see the band sing until they faint.

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