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Around the world in performance art

Published April 24, 2012 2:29 pm

Live presentations • 'Low Lives' also networks the UMFA with art venues around the globe.
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For the second year running, the Utah Museum of Arts is providing a venue for "Low Lives," a worldwide networked festival of performance and digital art.

Performance art (not to be confused with "performing arts") is a difficult concept for many people, and "Low Lives 4" (its fourth year) takes it a step further in complication, networking art pieces that are presented live and transmitted digitally over the Web from 25 venues around the globe.

On Friday and Saturday, UMFA will contribute two live performances by Boulder, Colo.,-based artist Michelle Ellsworth and also screen more than 50 performances from other venues in real time.

Salt Lake artist and Low Lives founder and curator Jorge Rojas will conduct (DJ might be a better term) the event from UMFA on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Or you can tune into the live-streamed presentation at home or work through http://www.lowlives.net. (Wild guess here: The content won't be suitable for your workplace.)

If you don't know where the UMFA is on the University of Utah campus: umfa.utah.edu

For more information on Ellsworth: http://www.michelleellsworth.com.

Here's a sample of her video work: http://bit.ly/HYXp1C