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