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VHS cu­ra­tor Ev­ery­thing is Ter­ri­ble! brings its live show to town. Shawn Con­ner has some ideas on what to see.

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1. Found footage remix­ing gods

Ev­ery­thing is Ter­ri­ble! is “an ab­sur­dist com­edy/ per­for­mance art col­lec­tive” (New York Times) that has made a spe­cialty of col­lect­ing and cu­rat­ing video clips, in­clud­ing in­fomer­cials, work­out videos and PSAs from the glory days of the VHS for­mat. Over the last seven years, the L.A.-based EIT! crew has pro­duced more than 3,000 web videos.

2. The Jerry Maguire tapes

Last year, EIT! opened a video store in a Los An­ge­les art gallery. The only movie in stock? Jerry Maguire. One of the col­lec­tive’s most no­to­ri­ous on­go­ing projects in­cludes the col­lec­tion of ev­ery VHS copy of the 1996 Tom Cruise ro­man­tic com­edy in ex­is­tence. Since 2008, EIT! has col­lected nearly 16,000 copies. Next step: a per­ma­nent art in­stal­la­tion in the form of a pyra­mid made out of the tapes.

3. Live shows

Live, Ev­ery­thing is Ter­ri­ble! in­cludes mash-ups of clips but also pup­pets, cos­tumes and sets. It’s not just in­struc­tional videos on giv­ing your cat a mas­sage.

4. Cat mas­sage

One of EIT!’s most pop­u­lar found videos is en­ti­tled So Your Cat Wants a Mas­sage? The three-minute clip has amassed more than four mil­lion views on YouTube.

5. The Great Satan

For its lat­est tour, Ev­ery­thing Is Ter­ri­ble! is screen­ing its lat­est fea­ture. The Great Satan remixes and re­gur­gi­tates clips from over 2,000 satanic panic, re­li­gious, and Grade Dhor­ror movies. The re­sult is a can’t-look-away, blink-and-you’ll-miss-some­thing 75-minute psy­che­delic com­edy. The Great Satan fol­lows pre­vi­ous EIT! fea­tures like a re­make of Ale­jan­dro Jodor­owsky’s 1973 film The Holy Moun­tain us­ing only dog-re­lated found footage.

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