Occupy The Screen

For the “Low Lives: Occupy! Festival” (March 3, 2012), Second Front “occupied” Second Life, complete with appearances from Anonymous, the UC Davis Police Department and lots and lots of barricades.

About Low Lives: Occupy!

Low Lives: Occupy! was an unique one-night-only program of live performance art, transmitted via an online streaming network to presenting host venues around the world.

On Saturday, March 3, 2012 Low Lives: Occupy! presented thirty-six performance artists, Occupy groups, and artist collectives located worldwide in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement for the 99%. Participants expanded the reach and visibility of the Occupy protests by broadcasting to an international audience community. Thirteen co-presenting organizations in eight countries including U.S., México, Spain, Colombia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, France, and Argentina, projected Low Lives: Occupy! in their own venues and public spaces.

The Occupy protests, and the myriad of perspectives and experiences related to this unique movement, were amplified, explored, and experimented with, through the Low Lives’ internet-based creative platform.

March 3rd 2012 – APRIL 11, 2012 2:26 AM

Low Lives has partnered with Occupy with Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics to present Low Lives: Occupy! a unique one-night-only program of live performance art, happenings, and public actions, simulcast to presenting host venues around the world. Low Lives: Occupy! partner Mark Read of the 99% Bat Signal / The Illuminator, will contribute a special projection and performance.

Jorge Rojas, Founding Director of Low Lives, comments: “Over the past four years Low Lives has developed a platform that invites and enables artists, audiences, and presenting venues to ‘plug in and participate’ from anywhere an internet connection exists.”

This technological platform which brings a history of supporting artists’ full creative freedom to imagine new worlds, is ideally suited to be the support structure to enable artists, activists and Occupy groups from around the globe to present work in solidarity with #OWS. Low Lives: Occupy! recognizes the powerful opportunity that is the presentation of performances from around the world, within which artists are invited to facilitate the process of opening eyes and minds – and present a radical re-imagining of possible ways of existing and relating. The Occupy Wall Street protests have given us The People’s Mic and The People’s Stage. Thanks to a partnership with Occupy with Art and The Hemispheric Institute, Low Lives: Occupy! has the potential to become the The People’s Virtual Stage.