04/30/11, Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm

05/01/11, Sunday, 4 am - 7 am

(Japan Standard Time)


Low Lives 3



(English) (Japanese)

Low Lives 3 Schedule | Day 1 | Day 2 |

Low Lives 3                     

International Live Networked Performance Event Comes to Headspace, Nara, Japan in partnership with the temporary space.


Event Dates in Nara, Japan:
April 30, 2011 |  9 am – 1 pm | Live Streaming & SaBa’s performance at HeadSpace
May    1, 2011 |  4 am – 7 am | Viewing available on the Internet

+ Dates above are in Japan Standard Time (JST)
+ Free admission
+ To view Low Lives 3, please access to


Venue: HeadSpace,

1-7-10 Kunimi Cho, Saidaiji, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, 631-0823, Japan

the temporary space is pleased to announce its participation in Low Lives 3, 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 Headspace will host SaBa (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker) for a live performance piece as part of Low Lives 3. SaBa’s performance, along with others taking place around the globe, will be streamed online and screened for public viewing at Headspace, Nara, Japan. The exact time and schedule of the event in Japan will be announced soon. So, please check our websites for more details The admission is free. We would like to invite participants for the SaBa’s project/performance. Please come visit us!

Low Lives:
the temporary space:


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 emphasis 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 exhibition program. The event will begin on Friday, April 29 from 6-10 pm (MST) and continue on Saturday, April 30 from 1-4 pm (MST) in the United States.

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
Alfred Dong
Nancy Douthey
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
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
Paul Wiersbinski.


Presenting partners include:

Now in its third year, Low Lives has expanded its reach to over twenty presenting partners from all corners of the world.

Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey
Attakalari 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 in partnership with Headspace, Japan
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah.


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

For more information, please visit


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 Saba (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker)

SaBa is a series of collaborative projects created by Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker. Currently based in Nara-ken Japan, Sam and Barry develop interactive work inspired by a variety of media ranging from Japanese television and history to internet memes and game theory.
For the Low Lives 3 exhibition, SaBa has created a game space that merges consumerism and aggression with art history and headbanging. The result is a game performance where the player becomes part of the spectacle and a place where groceries fly freely.


About Headspace

HeadSpace is an artist’s studio and gallery, sitting atop an intimate shot bar in Nara City at the heart of ancient Japan. HeadSpace’s mission is to bring artists and writers of a wide range of creative disciplines and cultural backgrounds together for the mutual benefit of all involved. We offer artists the opportunity to create new connections, collaborate in unexpected ways, and become part of our growing artist’s network. Artists can display their artwork at the Studio and on this website, allowing them to disseminate their work to our Japanese and international audience, both here in Japan, and across the world. Being an artist in Japan can be challenging at times. HeadSpace is here to support artists by providing the network, advice, and space needed to realize their goals.


About the temporary space

the temporary space is a project space shared by self-motivated, critical and engaging individuals through research and experiments for emergence of alternative and autonomous society. the temporary space seeks engaging, responsible and creative individuals as a collaborative and autonomous participant. the temporary space aims to create and share critically engaging experiences such as contemporary art exhibitions, experimental music performances, critical visual critiques and publicly engaging projects as basic components. In addition to this, focusing on interdisciplinary practices, the temporary space explores different topics and subjects by research and experiment, as well as by dialogues and discussions. These projects are expected to realize through collaborative efforts by the collaborative participants.


− Jorge Rojas, Low Lives Founder, Producer, Curator,,
   +1−917−757−7626 (U.S.A)

− HeadSpace,

− the temporary space, Manager,
   +81-90-3879-9658 (Japan)



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