performed at HatchArt Collective | Hamtramck, MI | June 30, 2012 | 60 min. Part of "LOCKDOWN!"——an evening of performances in a former police station. Consisted of nine actions repeated in six movements, performed by Cabaret Black Eye (Chris Butterfield and Ryan Standfest). Text excerpts were read from Luigi Russolo's manifesto "The Art of Noises." (1913). The music was a selection of tunes by Fats Waller. Conception by Ryan Standfest.

a theory of nothing and the sound of everything
"NOTHING/EVERYTHING" flyer (by R. Standfest)
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prop: mask
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prop detail: mask
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the setting
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after Action 1: "Adjusting the Music," comes Action 2. "Watering the Lawn"
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view of the lawn table, and the Big Head with Bug Circle
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action 3: "Pox" / Placement of the Pox onto the Big Head behind the Bug Circle
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action 4: "Pit" / (Butterfield inserting hand into the bowl)
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Butterfield licking material off his hand
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action 3: Standfest removing hand from the bowl
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Standfest spitting pits into the bushel
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action 5: "Radio" / Butterfield tuning the radio
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action 6: "Gun" / Standfest preparing to apply lubrication to the gun, by putting on a latex glove
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action 6: Butterfield lubricating the gun.
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action 7: "House" / (Standfest removes the house from the lawn)
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Standfest places the house
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Standfest approaches the ladder with the rock
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Standfest lifts the rock
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Standfest drops the rock
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rock lands on house
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action 8: "Bug" / (Butterfield removes the bug from the house)
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Butterfield places the bug in the Bug Circle and attaches the bug tether to the pox on the Big Head
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Butterfield and a crushed house
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Butterfield vacuums
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action 9: "Read and Rock" / after replacing the rock on the ladder, Butterfield vacuums + Standfest reads.
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Standfest reads
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Standfest reads category six from "The 6 Families of Noises of the Futurist Orchestra" from Luigi Russolo's "The Art of Noises" manifesto (1913)
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Standfest vacuums himself + Butterfield reads
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Standfest vacuums beard
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Standfest sticks vacuum in mouth
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Standfest collapses on lawn
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Butterfield and Standfest remove ties
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Butterfield and Standfest remove shirts
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Butterfield and Standfest prepare to eat peanut butter
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Standfest rips the skin from his lubricated gun while Butterfield struggles
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Standfest takes aim at Butterfield while he still struggles to remove his gun skin
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