By Jay Tilles
British death metal band Unfathomable Ruination will squeeze themselves and their instruments into a sealed iron cube and play an “intense and brutal” set until they run out of air.
The performance art is part of internationally recognized Portuguese artist João Onofre’s touring sculpture titled Box Sized Die.
“In each location the sculpture travels to, Onofre invites a local death metal band to play, on this occasion Unfathomable Ruination,” says the City of London’s official website. “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.”
Onofre’s iron box is part of London’s free art exhibition, Sculpture in the City, a collaboration between the City of London Corporation, local businesses and the art world to create open-air art exhibitions around the city, explained Culture24.org.
Unfathomable Ruination will perform outside Gherkin July 3 and 4 at 6 p.m. local time, assuming the band isn’t hospitalized after their first go-round.
The metal act will be the box’s ninth band to play within its hermetically sealed, soundproofed chamber. On Feb. 22, Holocausto Canibal performed sealed in the box while surrounded by a packed Portuguese audience.
The band joked on their Facebook page, “According to the medical professionals who read the Independent, we’re all going to die… Challenge Accepted.
“Bets are welcome of who will be the first member to perish without oxygen!”