"High Evil"

Saturday, November 2nd, 1996

a building (now demolished) on Fifth Avenue in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh

"I (tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE) was invited by Edgar Um Bucholtz to participate in a rave/Halloween Party/whatever called 'High Evil' that was organized by tcrps/Bass Culture. One of the advertisements for it was a fluorescent orange sticker with the following text:


They killed S.P. Dinsmoor and Jeff McKissack, they killed James Hampton, they want to destroy the Garden of Eden, the Orange Show, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly! Where There Is No Vision The People Perish! Join us to expand the earth's field intelligence, expose their hidden hand! All Hallow's Eve, Dia de los Muertos show the gate; join us the second day of November to explode the locks! Come save the world! 456-BASS'

I (tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE) loved the advertising but, alas, I didn't have any fun at the actual event. Providing improvised sound were Sharyn Lee Frederick: child's violin, measuring cups, voice; Michael Johnsen: saw, amplified oboe, baritone sax; Greg Pierce: records, intercom, guitar, alto sax, dictaphone; & Dave W(Ho)le Shim: 4 track cassettes. I contributed projected video mixing. This was an experiment in combining vaudeos of mine ("My Life Flashing Before You" & "Something That Dissolves The Shadow Of Something That Was Next To Something That Combusted Twice. Once") with live drawing using a "VideoPainter". This latter device is a toy with a touch-sensitive screen that sends out a video signal. It can be drawn or written on & has various ready-made images targetted at a young user - such as pictures of a robot, a car, a dragon, a fairy, etc.. I scribbled on it, drew faces with parts made out of the ready-made images, wrote the words "Deeper & Deeper" when a recording of a hypnotist's spiel played (mixed in with sexual penetration footage), mixed the video with VideoPainter ready-made landscape images, etc.. There were various technical problems (such as my inability to get the preview monitor to work properly & the video projection cutting off my view of some of the necessary VideoPainter controls) & this was probably the WORST "performance" I've ever presented." -->tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, some years ago

"On Saturday, November 2nd, 1996, I (tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE) participated in an event in Pittsburgh entitled "High Evil" organized by Edgar Um Bucholtz that took place in a building that's now demolished. This event was significant for me as one of the 1st shows I participated in after moving to Pittsburgh & as possibly the only time I ever used the toy VideoPainter as a video improvising tool. Since I've been too poor most of my life to afford 'professional' equipment, I've often used toys & borrowed &/or broken equipment. The broken equipment in this instance being a WJ MX-12 AV mixer that I STILL use & that's STILL broken. Providing improvised sound were Sharyn Lee Frederick: child's violin, measuring cups, voice; Michael Johnsen: saw, amplified oboe, baritone sax; Greg Pierce: records, intercom, guitar, alto sax, dictaphone; & Dave W(Ho)le Shim: 4 track cassettes. I contributed projected video mixing. This brief movie is probably a simulation of the visuals done at home - since the actual conditions of the show probably didn't involve any video recording." -->tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, 2010

For more info from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, see entry 201 @: http://www.fyi.net/~anon/MereOutline1996.html


I (Edgar Um Bucholtz) will scan and upload the flyer for this event once i track it down in the tcrps archives. the flyer was a small letterpress edition on recycled paper. Dan Bidwa designed the flyer and printed it at Third Termite.

the building that this event occurred in had a sign on the front that read "M. Stahl Plumbing." at the time, it was rented by Lauri Mancuso.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE video performance/projection and the accompanying improvised music performance occurred early in the evening from 9:30pm to 10:30pm.

this was followed until the early hours of the morning by a number of DJs playing drum and bass, downtempo and experimental tracks on the main floor and in the basement. i believe the DJs included: Dan Strange, Soji-Fu, Spaed and Farmer Tea.

no other documentation of this event is known to exist.


The Curious Dr. Humpp performs "And What About...?"

"And what about Janus? And what about cats and dogs living together?
And What About Bob? And what about Afghanistan? And what about
celophane? And what about bullet proof vests? And what about Ben
Bernake? And what about newspapers? And what about Pauly Shore? And
what about sunsets? And what about obedience?

And what about narcoleptic seals? And what about moonraker? And what
about anti-inflammatories? And what about McFadden, the lazy surgeon?

And what about this rash?

And what about these lashes? And What about Bob Edwards? And what
about Oven-Ready Turkey? And what about Yuengling Black and Tan? And
what about High Zero? And what about knickers? And what about radical
utopias? And what about Dianetics? And what about the R6 implant? And
what about Michael Jackson? And what about Blanket?

And what ABOUT Blanket?

And what about eugenics? And what about cornflakes?

and what about The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion? And what about this
chocolate in my peanut butter? And what about this peanut butter in my

And what about Werner Erhard and The Wiz?

And what about Steev Mike?

and what about fashion snuggies? and what about kidnapping haitian
babies for christ? and what about the death of autotune? and what
about where's the birth certificate?

And what about...

Lady Gaga
Adam Lambert
Norman Mailer Fighting Rip Torn
Boys In The Sand
Guys Go Crazy 4: Banana Bangers
Peter Berlin
Bette Davis in Madame Sin
Lola Montez
Franz Liszt
Shameless Scouts
Maverickman222 and Hunter
My Best Friend's Father
Dorian Gray
Lord Henry
Pashtun Warriors
their Halekon
Cock Scene Investigator
Tusk Lord
Propane Beef Dog
Systems Research
Pineapple Symphony
Comet Kohoutek
Sunny Ray
the Children of God
Flirty Fishing
Love bombing
Sun Myung Moon
Ronald Reagan
The Rapture
The Tribulation
The Late, Great Planet Earth
The Jupiter Effect
A Horse and Two Goats
The Aesthetics of Rock
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Wounded Knee
The Ghost Dance
Vine Deloria
My Lai
Abu Ghraib
Ward Churchill
Turtle Island
Seymour Hersh
Copper Green
preemptive war
Right-wing politics
A hex dump
Owl Worship
homosocial rituals
the cosmology of Thelema
sex magick
Wilhelm Reich
William S. Burroughs
anal mucus
Curtis Harrington
Jack Smith
Normal Love
Batman Dracula
The CN Tower
the artful penetration of Barbara
and what about Matt Wellins
And what about MEEEEEE!!!???"

text composed by Dan Lansberry, Marcus Kim, Greg Bolton, Nick Bloom, Elvira Eichleay, John Riegert, Jason Dunbar and Edgar Um Bucholtz.

performed by The Curious Dr. Humpp (Edgar Um Bucholtz accompanied by Matt Wellins on home-built electronics) for the christening of Lauri Mancuso's new art and performance studio at 4312 Main St. Pittsburgh on Feb. 2nd 2010.

also performing were RRIND and ANITA FIX.

Edgar Um Bucholtz's turban and make-up by Thommy Conroy.

photo by Lauri Mancuso

dedicated to Jack Smith