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Monday, April 18, 2011

"Low Lives 3" Exhibit of Live Networked Performance Art Around World @ UMFA (SLC: April 29 - April 30)

--Jorge Rojas, Low Lives Founder/Producer/Curator
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--Jill Dawsey, UMFA Acting Chief Curator
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--Shelbey Peterson, UMFA Public Relations Associate
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Low Lives 3
International Live Networked Performances Come to Utah

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is pleased to announce its participation in Low Lives 3, an international exhibition featuring live performance-based works transmitted over the web and projected in real time at multiple venues around the world.

A first-time venue, the UMFA will host New York City-based artist Kristin Lucas for a live performance piece as part of Low Lives 3. Lucas’s performance, along with others taking place around the globe, will be streamed online and screened for public viewing at the UMFA. Low Lives 3 will take place in the UMFA’s G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall on Friday, April 29 from 6-10 pm and Saturday, April 30 from 1-4 pm. The event is open to the public and free with general museum admission.

About Low Lives
Founded in 2009 by artist and independent curator Jorge Rojas, the annual Low Lives exhibition highlights works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performative 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.

“Low Lives is not simply about the presentation of performative gestures at a particular place and time,” Rojas explains, “it is also about the transmission of these moments and what gets lost, conveyed, blurred, and reconfigured when utilizing this medium.”

About Low Lives 3
Low Lives 3 will feature more than fifty live performances over two days, streamed in real-time at venues across the globe, and will include a spotlight on contemporary choreography throughout the event. The exhibition will begin on Friday, April 29 from 6-10 pm (MST) and continue on Saturday, April 30 from 1-4 pm (MST).

Low Lives 3 is co-produced by Chez Bushwick, an artist-run organization based in Brooklyn, New York. Chez Bushwick is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance and places a special emphasis on new choreography.

Participating artists include: Annie Abrahams; Lukas Avendaño; Brian Balderston and Chloe Bass; Camille Baker; Tzitzi Barrantes; Rachelle Beaudoin; Black & Jones; Caroline Boileau; Catherine Cabeen and Company; Jennifer Chan; Tyrone Davies; Joseph DeLappe; dev01ded; Alfred Dong; Nancy Douthey; Eosin; Julie Fotheringham and Jarryd Lowder; Second Front; Deborah Goffe; Carlos Gonzalez; Katelena Hernandez; Ajeesh K.B., Santhosh V.S., and Hemabharathy Palani; Jayson Keeling; La La La Singers; Shaun El C. Leonardo; Anya Liftig; Kristin Lucas; James Mbunju and Company; Saul Melman; Marcello Mercado; Jui Mhatre and Jaee Joshi; Julio Morales; Irvin Morazan and Maya Jeffereis; Kendall Nordin; Molly O'Connor/Molliver; So Percussion; SaBa; Marisol Salanova; Rosa Sanchez and Alain Baumann; Byd Sarret; Jenny Schlief; Carmen Sober; Alan Sondheim; Nathan Stevens; Zornitsa Stoyanova; Channel TWo; Frans van Lent; Claude van Lingen; Ginna Vélez; Rodell Warner; Ian Warren; Dr. Heather Warren-Crow; Rebecca Weiner; and Paul Wiersbinski.

Now in its third year, Low Lives has expanded its reach to over twenty presenting partners from all corners of the world. Presenting partners include: Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey; Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, India; Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, New York; Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York; Co-lab, Austin, Texas; QMAD, Queens Media Art Development in partnership with Crossing Art Gallery, Queens, New York; Diaspora Vibe Gallery in partnership with AE District, Miami, Florida; DiverseWorks in partnership with Box 13, Houston, Texas; Elon University Department of Art & Art History, Elon, North Carolina; Fusebox Festival, Austin, Texas; Konic Thtr, Barcelona, Spain; La Periferia, Mérida, Yucatán, México; La Perrera in partneship with MACO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México; Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mascher Space Co-op, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Mindpirates, Berlin, Germany; Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; On the Boards, Seattle, Washington; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon; Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut; Simba Theatre Art International in partnership with Village Museum, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania; SOMArts, San Francisco, California; the temporary space, Japan; and Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Low Lives 3 is funded in part by The Experimental Television Funds program. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information, please visit www.lowlives.net .

About Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas is the founder, producer, and curator of Low Lives. A multidisciplinary artist and independent curator, he was born in Morelos, Mexico and studied art at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas engages in traditional, new, and performative media. His work often investigates communication systems and the effect of technology on artistic production, social structures, and communities. His artwork and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and India. Rojas has received grants and fellowships including National Performance Network’s VAN Residency, West Chicago City Museum Artist in Residency Program, and Vermont Studio Center.

About Kristin Lucas
Multimedia artist Kristin Lucas addresses our complex relationship to the digital realm by raising questions about the gap between virtual and lived realities. Engaging strategies of art and intervention, she works within the context of public and private systems. Lucas has carried out exchanges, both empty and meaningful, with automative tellers, healing art therapists, relative strangers, and a judge. Lucas holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Stanford University. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is represented by Postmasters Gallery and Electronic Arts Intermix in New York. The artist’s website is www.kristinlucas.com .

About the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is located on the University of Utah campus in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive. As Utah’s premier visual arts resource, the UMFA inspires visitors of all ages to discover meaningful connections with the world of art. The UMFA’s permanent collection features some 18,000 works from antiquity to contemporary art. Special exhibitions make each visit a new experience, and a variety of public programs are scheduled year-round to encourage dialogue and discovery. General admission is $7 adults, $5 youth and seniors, free for U of U students/staff/faculty, UMFA members, higher education students in Utah, and children under six years old. Free admission offered the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays.

For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit www.umfa.utah.edu .


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