Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Announces TBA:11 Time-Based Art Festival

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art presentsTBA:11 Time-Based Art Festival, open September 8-October 30, 2011.

PICA’s ninth-annual Time-Based Art Festival takes over Portland, Oregon, September 8th through October 30th for an all-hours happening of contemporary performance and visual art. TBA spans disciplines, ideas, histories, and locations to present work that distinctly reflects the here and now. Contemporary masters and exciting emerging artists collide with audiences at morning workshops, afternoon happenings, evening performances, and a full calendar of late-night activity.

Jesse Sugarmann, “Voyager Union,” 2009. Digital video, dimensions variable. Photo by Mike Bray, courtesy of Fourteen30 Contemporary.

TBA has been named “America’s best contemporary performance festival of the summer,” by Claudia La Rocco of The New York Times and, according to GOOD Magazine, is “the only North American festival to examine and exalt today’s art with such breadth.” PICA posits a unique relationship between city and festival, embedding artists throughout the neighborhoods and civic spaces of Portland, and engaging audiences through workshops, community-based residencies, and a vibrant program of Institute chats and salons with presenting artists.

From September 8th through 18th, the TBA ON STAGE program draws artists from across the genres of dance, music, theater, film, and new media to propel new ideas and new forms. ON STAGE is curated by TBA Festival Artistic Director Cathy Edwards, in collaboration with Erin Boberg Doughton, Performing Arts Program Director for PICA. The main stage line-up includes commissions, premieres, and audacious new explorations including the latest work by French-Algerian choreographer Rachid Ouramdane, which delves into national identity and the very literal “body politic;” a trio of Japanese performers working in-situ in industrial Eastside Portland for Offsite Dance; and “the master storyteller” Mike Daisey, who will attempt a 24-hour monologue that weaves together stories from every time zone. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Andrew Dinwiddie, Taylor Mac, Rude Mechs, tEEth, zoe | juniper, Dean & Britta, Shantala Shivalingappa, and Sarah Dougher will also take the stage during these ten days of live performance.

TBA ON SIGHT is a collection of installations, projections, and live gatherings by visual artists, curated and organized by Visual Art Curator Kristan Kennedy and on view through October 30th. This year’s projects, grouped under the title Evidence of Bricks, explore the building up, but mostly tearing down, of institutions, societies, structures, and ideas. Installations and happenings created for TBA range from a site-specific video performance by Kate Gilmore; to a comic and incisive new text-based Flash animation by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES; to a matchstick map and accompanying chapbook publication by Claire Fontaine; to the subverted trauma of Jesse Sugarmann’s staged, slow motion car accidents. The galleries will also feature work by Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Cristina Lucas, Ohad Meromi, Patrick Rock, Halsey Rodman, Mona Vatamanu + Florin Tudor, and Whoop Dee Doo.

The Festival also includes TBA ON SCREEN films and live cinema, including James Benning; TBA OUTSIDE, which expands the Festival to Portland’s public spaces, parks, bridges, and flagpoles; and THE WORKS, our late-night social hub of after-hours performance, with appearances by Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett, Beth Ditto, Miwa Matreyek, and Experimental ½ Hour.

The full schedule of performing and visual artists at TBA:11 is online at PICA.ORG and M.PICA.ORG on your smartphone. Learn about artists and projects, and join us as a member or volunteer. TBA Festival Passes and tickets are available now; out-of-town visitors receive special discounts. Visit PICA.ORG or call 503.224.PICA.

PICA is about the activity generated by a community using its energy. Since 1995, PICA has built a citywide platform for the creation and discovery of contemporary art, through artist residencies and commissions, talks and workshops, and the annual Time‐Based Art Festival.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Portland, OR

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published.