Low Lives 4
Networked Performance Festival
Global Festival of Online Performance Art Comes to Austin, TX
Featuring “magnus retwined” : Alyssa Taylor Wendt
Co-Lab Projects and Fusebox Festival are pleased to announce their participation in Low Lives 4, an international exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted over the web and projected in real-time at multiple venues around the world.
Co-Lab Projects and Fusebox Festival will host a live performance by Alyssa Taylor Wendt as part of Low Lives 4. Alyssa’s performance, along with more than 50 others taking place around the globe, will be streamed online and screened for public viewing at The Fusebox Festival Hub, located at 1100 E. 5th St in the old Tops Used Furniture building. Low Lives 4 will take place at the the Fusebox Festival Hub on Friday, April 27 from 7:30-10:30PM and at Co-Lab Project Space on Saturday, April 28 from 2-5PM. Alyssa will only perform on Friday, April 27th from 9-9:30PM.
Fusebox champions innovative works of art across a variety of different mediums. The festival acts as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, and approaches to help us engage with the issues and questions that define contemporary life.
Co-Lab Projects is an artist-run non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating public projects and exhibiting contemporary works of art, installation, and performance. By operating on an ambitious programming schedule, the organization provides exposure and opportunities for local and national artists to create new and experimental bodies of work on a frequent and flexible basis. Through collaboration, education, and engagement, Co-Lab encourages artistic exploration and dialogue within the community.
About Low Lives
Founded in 2009 by artist and independent curator Jorge Rojas, the annual Low Lives festival highlights works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of networked performance practices. The project celebrates the transmission of ideas beyond geographical and cultural borders, offering global audiences the opportunity to consider live performance in both physical and virtual space.
By organizing performances at numerous venues and then broadcasting them via online networks, Low Lives provides a new model for efficiently presenting, viewing, and archiving live performance-based art. The annual exhibition embraces low-tech aesthetics, such as low pixel images and muddled sound quality, to emphasize the raw, inquisitive quality of the broadcast and reception of the works.
“Over the past four years Low Lives has developed a platform that invites and enables artists, audiences, and presenting venues to “plug in and participate” from anywhere an internet connection exists,” Rojas explains. “Low Lives is not simply about the presentation of performance art at a particular place and time, it is also about exploring the potential of live streaming networks as a medium to connect performance artists with audiences around the world.”
Low Lives has found new momentum after presenting Low Lives Occupy! in New York City on March 3, 2012. Low Lives partnered with Occupy with Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU to present a one-night-only festival of simulcast performances by 36 artists and collectives committed to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The well-received Low Lives Occupy! program offered new perspectives on the Occupy protests and expanded the reach of the movement by broadcasting to an international community.
Now in its fourth year, Low Lives 4 will feature more than 50 live performances over two days, streamed in real-time at 25 venues across the globe. The exhibition will begin on Friday, April 27 from 7:30-10:30PM and continue on Saturday, April 28 from 2-5PM. Low Lives 4 is co-produced by the Brooklyn-based arts organizations Chez Bushwick (www.chezbushwick.net) and SPREAD ART (www.spreadart.org), and by Colombian artist, Juan Obando (www.juanobando.com). Low Lives curator Jorge Rojas will conduct the 2012 festival from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Austin Adkins | Regina Agu | Lindsey Allgood + Amy Luznicky | Emma Alonze | Mauricio Ancalmo | Angela Bartram + Mary O’Neill | Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte | Ruth Vigueras Bravo | Caryana Castillo | Khalil Charif | Matthew Thomas Cianfrani | Gina Cuntstruct | Elwin Cotman | Dance Troupe Practice + Luciana D’Anunciação | Ian Deleon + Kara Stokowski | Stephanie Diamond | Bados Earthling + The Wild Audio Society | Michelle Ellsworth | Ursula Endlicher | Tim Eriksen | Francesca Fini | Les Filles Föllen | Marcel William Foster + Dunstan Matungwa | Future Death Toll | Lawrence Graham-Brown | Alejandro Guzmán | Matt Hawthorn | Joseph Herring | Kanene Holder | James Holland + Alycia Bright Holland | Linda Hutchins | Rima Najdi | Samantha Jones | Igor Josifov | Nathaniel Katz + Valentina Curandi | Elizabeth Leister | Jonathan Lemieux | Gideonsson/Londré | Jonatan Lopez | Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen | Soukei Matsuo | MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art | Nataliya Petkova | Blatta Orientalis | Alexandre Pombo-Mendes | prOphecy sun | Stefan Riebel | Tara Raye Russo | Nuria Guiu Sagarra | Maximiliano Siñani | Jonathan Sutton | Étienne Tremblay-Tardif | Elinor Thompson | Robert Tyree + Andra Rotaru | Marcus Vinícius | A.G. Viva | Alyssa Taylor Wendt | Amelia Winger-Bearskin | Martin Zet |
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art (Newark, New Jersey); Center for Performance Research (CPR) (Brooklyn, New York); Chez Bushwick (Brooklyn, New York); Co-Lab (Austin, Texas); Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami, Florida); Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas); Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, New York); Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Little Berlin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Living Arts (Tulsa, Oklahoma); Mascher Space Co-op (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) (Portland, Oregon); Real Art Ways (Harford, Connecticut); SOMArts (San Francisco, California); Space One Eleven (Birmingham, Alabama): Spread Art (Brooklyn, New York); Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) (Salt Lake City, Utah); Alice Yard (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago); the temporary space (USA/Japan); Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts (YICA) (Yamaguchi, Japan); Dimanche Rouge (Paris, France); La Maison des Artistes (Paris, France); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá (MAC) (Colombia); At The Vanishing Point (Sydney, Australia); Small Projects (Tromsø, Norway); Ateliers ‘89, Contemporary Art Institute (Aruba)
A live simulcast of the event will be streamed on April 27 and 28 at www.lowlives.net.
For more information, please visit www.lowlives.net.
About Low Lives Founding Director Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. He uses traditional and new media, as well as performative elements to investigate communication systems and the effect of technology on artistic production, social structures and communities. Rojas’ work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally. In 2009, Rojas founded Low Lives, where he currently serves as director, producer, and curator.
A. T. Wendt was born in 1969 in New York City. She has performed on record, in films, on stage and as art in San Francisco and beyond. Miss Wendt has returned to the fold to earn her MFA from Bard College, recently exhibiting both nationally in New York, Philadelphia and Austin and abroad. She is also published, has performed at festivals and openings, collaborated with an array of talented artists and completed two art residencies in Norway and Iceland. Residing and working in Brooklyn, she is currently conjuring multimedia pieces that reference legacy through ritual and composites, using video, large format staged photography, sculpture, sound landscapes and performance.