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Low Lives 3

Fri Apr 29, 2011 20:00 - Sat Apr 30, 2011

Nara City, Japan

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
For viewing:

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).
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
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.
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
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,
La Perrera in partneship with
MACO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca,
Oaxaca, México
Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mascher Space Co-op, Philadelphia,
Mindpirates, Berlin, Germany
Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis,
On the Boards, Seattle, Washington
Portland Institute for Contemporary
Art, Portland, Oregon
Real Art Ways, Hartford,
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. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is
supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.
For more information, please
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)
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
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,,
− the
temporary space, Manager,
   +81-90-3879-9658 (Japan)
− HeadSpace,


Slab in temporary space / Unheralded Media from a Pop-culture monologue...

Fri Jun 18, 2010 00:00 - Wed Jun 09, 2010


Slab in temporary space / Unheralded Media from a Pop-culture monologue...

Opening reception: Friday, June 18, 2010, 7 pm - 10 pm
On view: June 18 - June 25, Tuesday night, 8 pm - 10 pm or by appointments

the temporary space
1320 Nance St.
Houston, Texas, 77002

the temporary space is pleased to host Slab in temporary space and Unheralded Media from a Pop-culture monologue..., opening Friday, June 18, 7 pm - 10 pm.

Slab in temporary space is an exhibition project organized by Wendy Mason and Nancy Zastudil, the curatorial and artistic creators of Slab. For this exhibition, Slab invites a limited number of artists from all over the world to examine relationships between an artwork and its location by photographing one of their existing works in a temporary location - specifically an area that is arguably unconventional.

Participating artists: Laura Aldridge, Justin Boyd, Nick Brown, Enrique Castrejon, Kim Collmer, Jason David, Michael Decker, Alyssa Gorelick, Deva Graf, Julia Hechtman, Jon Irving, Rachel de Joode, Louisa Van Leer, Karen Lofgren, Dashiell Manley, Frederique de Montblanc, TV Moore, Kia Neill, Amy Patton, Melissa Scherrer, Mindy Rose Schwartz, Jason Underhill, Max Warsh, and Chris Wilder.

Unheralded Media from a Pop-culture monologue... is a local survey of Houston comic book artists that focuses on varieties of narratives, graphics and styles. The exhibition includes Ted Closson, Brian and Stevie McCord (The McCords) and Mark Nasso.

Ted Closson’s work focuses on archetypes within heroic narratives through combinations of historic references and contemporary issues. Closson applies digital technology in his process and visualizes autobiographical and fictional stories about life and memory.

Entitled Spectacula, Brian and Stevie McCord, also known as a collaborative partnership The McCords, employ intense and meticulous illustration of visual narratives with minimal typed texts examining and questioning the current state of global conflicts and the environmental concerns through anthropomorphic animal characters.

Mark Nasso’s Land of the Rats is an illustrated fantasy story about the adventures of a hybrid rat-human in a spectacular, otherworldly setting. Nasso utilizes traditional tools of a pen and ink to create bold and heroic characters, as well as imaginary villains and monsters, dealing with dualities relating to our life.


Interpretations, Translations, Transactions

Sat May 22, 2010 00:00 - Fri May 14, 2010

United States of America


[b][i][size=25]Interpretations, Translations, Transactions[/b][/size][/i]
[b][size=15]Opening reception: Saturday, May 22, 7 pm - 10 pm[/size][/b]

(On view: May 22 - by June 13, Tuesday nights 8 pm - 10 pm and by appointment)
the temporary space, 1320 Nance St. Houston, Texas, 77002, / 832-867-9207

the temporary space is pleased to announce[b][i] Interpretations, Translations, Transactions[/i][/b], an international collaborative project devised by [b]Jeremy DePrez[/b], [b]Francis Giampietro[/b] and [b]Grant MacManus[/b].

Jeremy DePrez along with [b]Aimee Lusty[/b] (Brooklyn), [b]Pablo Boffelli [/b](Argentina), [b]Mitchell Cumming[/b] (Australia), [b]Laurent Impeduglia[/b] (Belgium) and special guest [b]Geoff Hippenstiel[/b] (Houston) examine the language within and around adolescent toys by physically dismantling and re-contextualizing them in two dimensional as well as three dimensional formats. The collaboration developed through the social networking site flickr as a way to build a working dialogue between the artists. As DePrez worked on sculptures he would post progress shots on flickr and the other artists would use that information to develop two dimensional works that in turn would get posted on flickr and inform the sculptures.

Francis Giampietro exchanges body hair with [b]Ivan Monforte[/b] of New York, in order to create two brick sized resin cubes of hair. The impetus for this project came out of casual conversations between the artists around themes of sex, love, religion, marriage, martyrdom, intimacy, pain and sainthood. The intimate and ritualistic action is in an attempt to speak about the simultaneous veneration and rejection of the body often found in spiritual and religious rhetoric.

Another experimental project is executed between Grant MacManus, a Houston base video and sound artist, and [b]Andrea Mouth[/b], a nomadic sound artist currently paused in China. MacManus came across her when she contacted him via his website about a video project he had worked on. Mouth and MacManus proceeded to trade audio files and collaborate on the on-going sounds project entitled "transversality of journals," which explores translatability and transversality of reproducible and ephemeral quality of phonetic materials they integrate.


American Rifle 3 / Low Lives 2 / Complicity With Anonymous Materials

Fri Apr 30, 2010 00:00 - Wed Apr 21, 2010

United States of America


American Rifle 3 / Low Lives 2 / Complicity With Anonymous Materials

Friday April 30, 7 pm - 10 pm,

(On view: April 30 - May 15 by appointment)
the temporary space, 1320 Nance St. Houston, Texas, 77002, 832-867-9207

the temporary space hosts American Rifle 3 by Marcus Civin in collaboration with Low Lives 2 curated and organized by Jorge Rojas and Complicity With Anonymous Materials, a conceptual cinematic project presented by 13 Houston-based artists.

American Rifle 3, a text and prop-based performance, explores human violence and human resourcefulness as informed by colliding research into the Great Depression, gruesome Los Angeles Sunset Strip murders, the Underwear Bomber, radical psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, and the silent film comedy of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Over the past year, Civin has performed parts of American Rifle at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Francois Ghebaly Gallery and Sea and Space Explorations in LA. In American Rifle, a rifle is a weapon, a noun, but also think: to rifle through, verb, to look for something. In American Rifle, Civin—a clown—sings, dances, demonstrates and practices survival rituals. At the temporary space, Civin will symbolically and metaphorically play with magically-attractive-but-unfulfilling aspects of the American Dream, referencing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and enlisting co-conspirators to regularly interrupt a song-and-dance number by throwing him against a wall-sized target…

American Rifle 3 will be broadcasted through as the Internet live stream network project Low Lives 2 curated and organized by Jorge Rojas, a multidisciplinary artist / curator. The selected projects will be displayed at the participating venues in Low Lives 2. You can also access to the live performance wherever you are through the Internet access. For more details, please visit and

Complicity With Anonymous Materials is a cinematic platform focused on temporal viscosity and spatial feedback, presented by 13 Houston-based artists: Ted Closson, Jeremy Deprez, James Diedrich, Francis Giampietro, Chuck Ivy, Natali Leduc, Grant MacManus, Abinadi Meza, Richard Nix, Eduardo Portillo, Brit Ragsdale, Hana Shoup and Thais Verissimo.

* Low Lives 2 will be on display from 7 pm to 10 pm.
** American Rifle 3 by Marcus Civin will start at 8:45 pm.


Emergent Behavior: Project for a Houston Biennial

Fri Apr 09, 2010 00:00 - Wed Mar 31, 2010

United States of America


Emergent Behavior: Project for a Houston Biennial

Opening reception: Friday April 9, 7 pm - 10 pm
On View: April 9 - April 25, 2010 by appointment only

the temporary space
1320 Nance Street
Houston, TX 77002

This exhibition presents a project for an imagined Houston Biennial of contemporary art curated by participants in Raphael Rubinstein's Virtual Curating course at the University of Houston School of Art. This virtual biennial includes 52 international artists working in a variety of mediums.

The title Emergent Behavior is borrowed from systems theory in which it is used to describe a phenomenon of independent parts working together, and not predictable on the basis of their properties. An emergent behavior can appear when a number of simple entities operate in an environment, forming more complex behaviors as a collective.

Unlike many biennial exhibitions that begin with a predetermined curatorial theme, the artists in this show were selected through an empirical process. Over the course of several months the curators refined a selection that includes established artists who have created significant new bodies of work within the last two years as well as younger recently emerged artists.

Much of the work in the exhibition involves the scavenging of social detritus. This can be seen, for instance, in the drawings of Aurel Schmidt, the paintings of Mark Flood, and the videos of Cameron Jamie as well as in the work of seminal figures such as Mike Kelley and Jacques de la Villeglé. The exhibition also focuses groups of younger artists working in Iran and Houston.

The presentation at the temporary space will involve not the actual works of art, but diagrammatic representation of works by each of the artists in the exhibition. In addition to the physical installation, the Emergent Behavior project can be viewed at

Curators: Danilo Bojic, Michelle Chen, Jeremy Deprez, Sebastian Foray, Jason Giroux, Chuck Ivy, Brittney Ragsdale, M'kina Tapscott, Tala Vahabzadeh

Artists: Makoto Aida, Lady Aiko, Seth Alverson, Mahmood Bakhsh, Michael Bise, John Michael Boling, David Choe, Barbara Degenevieve, Bita Fayyazi, Xenia Fedorchenka, Mark Flood, Amirali Ghasemi, Lane Hagood, Rachel Hecker, Kent Henricksen, Leslie Hewitt, Emily Jacir, Cameron Jamie, Yeondoo Jung, Mike Kelley, Dave Kinsey, Aaron Koblin, Annette Lawrence, Cody Ledvina, Samantha Levin, Antony Micallef, Mandana Moghadram, Malcolm Morley, Wangechi Mutu, Tomoko Nagai, Albert Oehlen, Satoshi Ohno, Robert Pruitt, Neda Razavipour, Anthony Record, Peter Richards, Walid Raad, Dario Robleto, John Rubin, Aurel Schmidt, James Sham, Mark Schatz, Chiharu Shiota, Mamali Smfahi, Prince Thomas, Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Philip Toledano, Scott Treleaven, Francis Upritchard, Jacques de la Villeglé, Jamie Warren and Hiroshi Watanabe

* This exhibition is a proposed curatorial project by participating curators from Virtual Curating course by Raphael Rubinstein.