What: Low Lives 3 – Performance festival featuring Juan Luna Avin and Julio Cesar Morales
When: Saturday April 30, 12 noon – 3:00 pm, doors open at 11:30 am
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St. @8th)
Cost: Recommended $5 donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds
Now entering its third year, Low Lives, an international exhibition 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 will be coming live to SOMArts Cultural Center. Produced and curated by Jorge Rojas, Low Lives examines works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performance practice presented live through online broadcasting networks. This year Low Lives promises to be the farthest reaching to date with twenty two presenting partners in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Germany, India, Tanzania, and Japan.
The live performance by Avin and Morales will begin at 12:36 PM.
For the SOMArts portion of Low Lives 3, the Main Gallery will feature a musical mash-up between Juan Luna Avin and Julio Cesar Morales and two local multidisciplinary artists, musicians and sub-culture mash-up aficionados. In the main gallery the viewer will be presented with a projection stream of live five-minute performances from around the world, as well as the one-day only short performance by this dynamic duo, accompanied by video projection.
This exhibition provides a new alternative and efficient medium for presenting, viewing, and archiving performances. Low Lives is not simply about the presentation of performative gestures at a particular place and time but also about the transmission of these moments and what gets lost, conveyed, blurred, and reconfigured when utilizing this medium. Low Lives embraces works with a lo-fi aesthetic such as low pixel image and sound quality, contributing to a raw, DIY and sometimes voyeuristic quality in the transmission and reception of the work.
Low Lives has formed a strategic partnership with Chez Bushwick, an artist-run organization based in Brooklyn, New York dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on new choreography. Chez Bushwick is co-producing Low Lives 3 and is instrumental in extending the platform’s international reach.
Born in Mexico City, Juan Luna-Avin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work examines individual and collective identities through the lens of youth cultures and rock n’ roll music. His current projects reflect a strong emphasis on researching the history of Latin American music, especially Mexican punk.
His work has been shown at such venues as Stanford University, San Jose State University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Queen’s Nails Projects, SOMARTS Cultural Center, MOCA Los Angeles, El Museo del Barrio (NYC), Cinders Gallery (Brooklyn), and Ceroinspiracion in Quito, Ecuador. In 2007, he collaborated with artist Julio Cesar Morales on a public art project commissioned by the City of San Jose.
Since 2004, he has been a member of Club Unicornio, a San Francisco-based collective of artists-DJs who play underground, kitschy, and experimental music from Latin America. They have performed locally and nationally, including for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Also I Like to Rock” summer series.
He holds an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University and a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was an Osher Scholar. Recent awards include a Suzanne Baruch Lewis MFA Grant (2010) and a McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (2009). He is currently a Lecturer in Painting at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Julio Cesar Morales is an artist, educator and curator currently working both individually and collaboratively. Morales utilizes a range of media including photography, video, and printed and digital media to make conceptual projects that address the productive friction that occurs in trans-cultural territories such as urban Tijuana and San Francisco, and in inherently impure media such as popular music and graphic design. Morales teaches and creates art in a variety of settings, from juvenile halls and probation offices to museums, art colleges, alternative non-profit institutions. Morales’ work consistently explores issues of labor, memory, surveillance technologies and identity strategies. His work has been shown at 2009 Lyon Biennale ;( France), 2008 and 2004 San Juan Triennial (San Juan, Puerto Rico); 2007 Istanbul Biennale; Los Angeles County Art Museum (Los Angeles) ; 2006 Singapore Biennale; Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany); Swiss Cultural Center (Paris, France); The Rooseum Museum of Art (Malmo, Sweden); Peres Projects (Los Angeles); Fototeca de Havana (Cuba); Harris Lieberman Gallery (New York City); Art.Museo Tamayo (Mexico City) and UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Morales is also the founder of Queens Nails Annex in San Francisco and currently adjunct curator at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts.