If you happen to be in London any time in July or early August, why not swing by the Gherkin building? You can enjoy the sights, maybe grab a bite to eat… or watchUnfathomable Ruination literally suffocate themselves for the entirety of the aforementioned time period.
The band will “enter a two-meter square, hermetically-sealed steel cube and play a self-described ‘intense and brutal’ set until their oxygen runs out,” according to Culture24. The performance art is all part of an exhibit called Box Sized Die done by Portugese artist João Onofre, where visitors are invited feel the vibrations of the performance from the outside of the box. The City of London’s website explains the performance thusly.
“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.”
So, is this art or just a good way to kill all your brain cells due to suffocating?
In case you’re wondering what their music sounds like: