Friday, March 2, 2012


The Civilians is participating this Saturday, March 3rd, in the international performance event Low Lives, put together by the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. This is an online event, so anyone, anywhere can tune in!

Low Lives is "an international festival of live performance-based work transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S. and the world."  This year is the fourth incarnation of Low Lives and the theme is Occupy. Hmm...Occupy themed performances done live and presented on the web? Sounds familiar...Obviously, this event is the perfect fit with The Civilians Occupy     Your Mind project that launched in January. So, needless to say we're excited to included in the festival!

The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics "is a collaborative, multilingual and interdisciplinary network of institutions, artists, scholars, and activists through the Americas." They run a number of programs that connect artists, scholars and activists across the Western Hemisphere. From the ongoing, local Yes Lab to the biannual Encuentros, they have a lot of initiatives worth checking out, as well as a number of online resources on their site.

In the spirit of both Low Lives and Occupy Your Mind, The Civilians is doing a live Occupy Your Mind performance event Saturday night, part of which will be broadcast internationally and all of which will be performed (and recorded and put on tumblr!) for a small audience at The Civilians headquarters. The hour long presentation will feature 8 brand new OYM performances by Civilians artists and friends, the first two of which will comprise our 10 minute contribution to Low Lives. 

Low Lives runs from 6 pm to 10 pm Eastern time and can be live streamed via Ustream at this address:  The event features an extensive line up that includes artists from a diversity of places ranging from Brooklyn to Oregon to Mexico City to Australia. The Civilians are scheduled to "go on" at 8:06 pm, but given the nature of the event tune in closer to 7:50 to make sure you don't miss us. 

And, of course, if you haven't already, check out Occupy Your Mind! 

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