Low Lives 4
Networked Performance Festival
Global Festival of Online Performance Art Comes to
Kimachi House at YICA (Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts
in partnership with the temporary space
Featuring Soukei Matsuo
the temporary space in partnership with YICA (Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce its 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.
the temporary space in partnership with YICA (Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts will host a live performance by Soukei Matsuo as part of Low Lives 4. Matsuo’s performance, along with more than 50 others taking place around the globe, will be streamed online and screened for public viewing at Kimachi House, Yamaguchi city, Japan.
Low Lives 4 will take place at the Kimachi House, Yamaguchi city, Japan on Saturday, April 27 (=April 28th, Japan time) and Saturday, April 28 (=April 29th, Japan time).
Venue: Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan –
4-13 Kimachi, Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 753-0095, Japan
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.”
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 8:30 pm (April 28, 9:30 am ~ 12:30 pm in Japan) and continue on Saturday, April 28 from 3:00 pm (4:00 am ~ 7:00 am in Japan). 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 (American Standard Time) at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/low-lives-4
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.
About Soukei Matsuo
Born in Kagoshima city, Japan, 1965.
Lives and works in Yamaguchi city, Japan.
Graduated from Tama Art University, Japan, 1989.
The Blue Lord Project -The New Legend of Ruriko
(Installation and Performance : Mixed media)
"Ruri" is the color of blue mineral called lapis lazuli. And "Ruriko" means the blue light of lapis lazuli. In this project, the Blue Lord acts a lord Ohuchi, a feudal lord in Yamaguchi, who lives in a Five-story Pagoda in Rurikoji Temple that radiates the lapis lazuri light. The Blue Lord himself is also blazing with lapis lazuli light. This project started in 2003. Matsuo lit up the Five-story Pagoda in Rurikoji Temeple with lapis lazuli color. Then, a new legend was born. This is an allegory created by Art.
Matsuo has carried out several art projects in Japan and overseas on theme of Art and Allegory. Monet Project, a performing project assimilating into water lily of “Monet's garden,” is in progress in Japan and France. Golden Tea Master Project, which he has done in 2000, 2002, and 2005, is also in progress. Since 2001, he has been working on The Blue Lord Project in Yamaguchi.
Recent selected Exhibitions
Yamaguchi Valley Section -URUU-, Kimachi-House, Yamaguchi, Japan
The Blue Lord Project 2011, Kouzan-Park, Yamaguchi, Japan
Art Mart, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan
Ube Independants Project, Ube, Japan
Satelite Dabada - Yamaguchi Dabada -, Japan
About YICA (Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts)
--Jorge Rojas, Low Lives Founding Director,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 917.757.7626 (the U.S.)
--Keijiro Suzuki, the temporary space, manager (Japan)
--YICA Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts
Kimachi House, 4-13 Kimachi, Yamaguchi city,
Yamaguchi Prefecture, 753-0095