International Artists Participate In Streamed Occupy Performance Event

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At about 6 p.m. American Justice -- a blonde, vapid socialite as performed by Kanene Holder -- will be having her coming out as a debutante at the Astor Place Cube. American Justice's appearance will kick off a series of performances around the world constituting "Low Lives: Occupy!" airing on a livestream until 10 p.m. this evening. Low Lives, Holder -- also a spokesperson -- explained before rushing off to prepare for her performance, is a four-year-old international festival that features "provocative, live, political art." But for this event, they are trying something new. "This time [Low Lives] wanted to theme it specifically based on people in the Occupy movement," Holder said.

Tonight's Low Lives is produced with NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics -- which according to its website, explores "embodied practice--performance--as a vehicle for the creation of new meaning and the transmission of cultural values, memory and identity" -- and Occupy with Art.

According to a press release for the impending event:

Participating artists, artist collectives, Occupy groups, and presenters worldwide will expand the reach and visibility of the Occupy protests by broadcasting to an international community and audiences. The Occupy protests, and the myriad of perspectives and experiences related to this unique moment, will be amplified, explored, and experimented with, through Low Lives' internet-based creative platform. Low Lives: Occupy! recognizes the powerful opportunity that is the presentation of performances from around the world, and invites artists to open eyes and minds by presenting a radical re-imagining of possible ways of existing and relating

For instance, Holder's performance, called "Searching for American Justice," is supposed portray a woman, American Justice, who is "completely out of touch" with Occupy.

"Her shtick is I don't get it, I don't understand what's wrong with you people," Holder said.

Other performances include Revolutionary Games' "Around the World in 7 Beds." Via their Tumblr:

The Bed-­‐in campaign is inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic Bed-in for Peace in 1969. However, Revolutionary Games goes further, confronting politicians, government, and nonprofit institutions, as to whether they are "in bed with" corporate or unethical interests.

Simultaneous "bed-ins" will be performed around the world, constituting the groups' Low Lives contribution.

Watch the live stream of the entire evening here.

[EstherZuckerman / ezwrites]

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