International Noise Conference 2015's Ten Most Insane Moments

In a way, listing International Noise Conference 2015's ten most insane moments is an exercise in futility.

The whole five-day freak fest contained a wealth of bizarre occurrences, and not all of them were limited to the stage. With hundreds of acts spanning almost a full week of performances, a complete catalog of acts is impossible to assemble.

But whether you came for the cochlea-obliterating noise or a heaping dose of costumed, extremely NSFW weirdness, you were unlikely to leave INC disappointed. Or, at least, unchanged.

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International Noise Conference 2015's Ten Most Insane Moments
Photo by Alex Markow

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Sharknado!

If you ventured into the Green Room, one of the many stages open to artists' myriad weird whims during the fest, on the show's opening night, you were treated to a krautrock-infused drone group with a Jaws-themed conceptual bent. Deeming themselves "Sharknado", in homemade cardboard shark masks, and with samples of the aforementioned film playing throughout, one member gleefully offered the audience a helping of red jello from a shared bowl... to be consumed with their hands, of course.

International Noise Conference 2015's Ten Most Insane Moments
Photo by Alex Markow

The Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Another early crowd-pleaser was the DIY waterboarding table, where a masked performer assumed the role of torturer, and invited audience members to participate in a little bit of the ol' Abu Ghraib. Performances at INC often poke at the dark underbelly of society in ways that can be, by turns, starkly political or deeply personal. From human rights atrocities to sexual identity and beyond, no subject is too taboo for International Noise Conference.

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