Thursday, April 26, 2012

Low Lives 4 @ PICA!

Clockwise from top left: Linda Hutchins, Future Death Toll, Robert Tyree, and Austin Adkins. Image courtesy of PICA.

The international performance-based festival, Low Lives, is in its fourth iteration this year and PICA will be hosting the event this Friday and Saturday. Featuring artists Linda Hutchins, Robert Tyree, and Austin Adkins, along with artist collaborative Future Death Toll, this year's Low Lives combines an interdisciplinary roster of artists with performances in real time. On Friday, Hutchins and Future Death Toll will take the stage - with Hutchins combining rhythmic percussion and drawing, while FDT will demonstrate a "form of mitosis," that is, the group will unify "their heads in a single form of alginate, plaster bandages, and breathing tubes." On Saturday, Adkins - whose interest lies in the pursuit of perfection via repetition - will record a video loop of himself rollerblading. Afterwards, Tyree will perform a 5-minute dance piece choreographed to align with the reading of a piece written by his collaborator, Romanian writer Andra Rotaru.

"Now entering its fourth year, Low Lives is an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S. and around the world. Low Lives examines works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performance practice presented live through online broadcasting networks. These networks provide a new alternative and efficient medium for presenting, viewing, and archiving performances."

PICA will be hosting the event on Friday, April 27th (from 5:30 to 8:30 PM) and Saturday, April 28th (from 12 to 3 PM). The event is free and is located at PICA's new headquarters downtown at 415 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 300. For more details, visit PICA's website. For more on Low Lives, go here.