UNFOLDING NEWS ABOUT NOTHING!!!!
Tom Miller Replies with This Email to the Professor in charge!
RE: NICHTS IST SEHR WICHTIG - SOFORT LESEN / NOTHING is Important, but I've already done Nothing...
Dear Dr. Borries,
My name is Tom Miller and I'm an American Performance Artist.
I read with great interest your recent appeal for applicants to qualify for a scholarship for doing Nothing in this article: LINK
I must say though, I have already done Nothing several times now, and this strikes me as an unoriginal and possible infringement of my work doing Nothing.
I dare say, one could argue Nothing has been stolen from me. I stole Nothing from our U.S. television show Seinfeld, and also I stole Nothing from John Cage who inspired my work. But maybe this is all just an unfortunate coincidence. As long as you're stealing Nothing, it should not present a legal matter.
But as you can see, I have already made a sculpture of Nothing: LINK
I have also made a film of Nothing which is an official selection of the NYC Indie Film Awards 2020: LINK
And I have even done Nothing as a live performance on stage: LINK
So, while I admire the idea of students receiving money for Nothing, I'm also of a mind to sue you. The only thing preventing me from going forward with such a suit is that I'm not sure Nothing has been done in Hamburg, and perhaps the jurisdiction would not be to my legal advantage, and also, I would expect to win Nothing for the trouble. Unlikely that I will be taking legal action. I may do Nothing at all.
However, I feel my work in the field of Nothing should at least be recognized in the context of Nothing you are doing at the college, so that your institution will lose Nothing in terms of Respect and admiration for your project.
At the very least, I hope you will immediately reply and give me the acknowledgement that I was doing Nothing first. I think that's only fair.
Professor Tom Miller, MFA
Gainesville, Florida, USA - The Known Center of the Universe
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