SO METAL: Death Metal Band To Play In Soundproof, Airproof Box Until They Run Out Of Oxygen

July 2, 2014


This is the soundproof and airproof box that Portuguese artist João Onofre invites metal bands to play in as a performance piece. The bands play until they run out of air. No word if João is secretly trying to eradicate all the bands, but I bet with a little research we'd discover a metal band killed his family.

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.

I'm claustrophobic, so this would never work for me. I would panic in the first minute and start clawing at the door. Things would only get worse from there. By the time somebody finally opened the box I would have already killed and eaten all my bandmates. "SO METAL." Right?! \oo/ \oo/

Thanks to Daryn, who, as far as hardcore goes, is the hardest kind of core.

  • Julie LaRoux

    Found a video at the following link.

  • Kyle Chapman

    "Unfathomable ruination", are these guys 15 or something? Is that seriously their name?

  • Guest

    is good name

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  • Mighty Molecule

    this is perhaps the one geek article that deserved a video clip...

  • Frag Monger

    It's not a word I often choose to employ, especially since it's not 'PC' these days, but that's really f~~king r~tarded!

  • Fred

    I was waiting to read 'the cube, inspired by Dethklok...'

  • zin

    What's the point?

  • Jason Christopher

    I imagine this can't last too long for each band. Lots of energy required to play metal, lots of screaming and aggressive playing = oxygen gone quickly. Do they always make it out?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Also overheating. Al that foam makes a great insulator.

  • Bubbubsky

    This, like so much "modern" art, is not art.

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  • Do you live under a rock, rush limbaugh?

  • this whole handicraft debate is so 19th century.
    do you people also oppose the theory of evolution?

  • Dr. Perry Cox

    "When you ain't nothin' else, you can claim to be an artist - and nobody can prove you ain't." - Will Rogers

  • These people study at universities

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