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Marlborough Contemporary is pleased to announce, in conjunction with João Onofre’s exhibition Tacet, that there will be a one-off winter performance for Box sized DIE featuring… (2007-2014).
The event will take place on Thursday 27 November, 6 pm at 30 St. Mary Axe (the Gherkin) London. The new band featured: Abhorrent Decimation.
Onofre’s Box sized DIE featuring… (2007-2014), showed in London for the first time in June as part of the Sculpture in the City program.
The sculpture references Tony Smith’s pioneering minimalist sculpture Die (1962) having identical dimensions to Smith’s work. In Onofre’s interpretation, the steel cube comes to life with a regular live set from a local Death Metal band, who play inside the sealed cube until they run out of air.
The band pack themselves inside Box sized DIE featuring…, complete with instruments and amplifiers, the door is hermetically sealed, and they play their unrelenting set at full exertion. Because the cube is airtight this means that the duration of the performance is variable, determined by how long the oxygen lasts inside.
Box sized DIE featuring… offers a paradoxical experience. When the performance is in motion, and the cube is closed, only the reverberations of the sound outside the closed cube and the growing crowd attest to the actions inside the sculpture.
Box sized DIE featuring… has toured extensively through Europe at venues including Unlimited, Art Basel; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and Fundação de Serralves, Porto.
João Onofre‘s solo show Tacet continues at Marlborough Contemporary until 10 January 2015.
João Onofre (Lisbon, b.1976). Studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and at Goldsmiths College, London. He has exhibited recently at: Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2011), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011), Neuer Kunstverein Wien (2013).
Box sized DIE featuring Abhorrent Decimation, (2007-2014).
Steel, acoustic isolation materials.
Performance by Abhorrent Decimation, variable duration.
183 x 183 x 183 cm
Previous performances of Box sized DIE featuring… (2007-2014):
Unfathomable Ruination, London, 2014
Holocausto Canibal, Porto, 2013-14
Serial Butcher, Aalst, 2012-13
No Return, Paris, 2011
Konkhra, Copenhagen, 2010
Vidres A La Sang, Barcelona, 2010
Gorod, Bordeaux, 2010
Darkmoon, Basel, 2008
Sacred Sin, Lisbon 2007-2008
With thanks to Sculpture in the City and Abhorrent Decimation