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.