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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) announces TBA:13 Time-Based Art Festival

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) announces TBA:13 Time-Based Art Festival on September 12–22, 2013.

Each September, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival creates a space outside of our regular lives. Artists work across disciplines to imagine new forms and possible futures. It charges the last days of summer with exploration and ideas. We only ask that you take a first step, take a seat in the house, take a stand beside an artist, and take time to experience it.

TBA is a Festival that builds a space where artists and audiences can convene. Projects pop up in forgotten folds of the city, like Mariano Pensotti‘s piece where writers project real-time stories about their quotidian surroundings, while other artists carve out a home in a digital domain, as in Krystal South’s interactive essay about online communities. Audiences follow the Festival across town, Pied Piper fashion, to enter the theater or gallery for a moment that would be impossible to otherwise capture. Lucy Raven channels Alvin Lucier in a performance of ‘room tone’; Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People charge the stage through a 21st-century seance; Third Angle New Music performs a pitch-black string quartet; and Daniel Barrow‘s overhead projector animations demand in-person viewing.

The Festival is a gathering place for a global community of art makers, exposing the diversity of artistic practice while compressing continental divides. Argentina’s Lola Arias stages truth with the real life stories of 11 Chileans born under Pinochet; Bouchra Ouizguen explores madness and mysticism in a new dance created with four Moroccan aïtas singers; and Belgium’s Pieter Ampe partners with Portugal’s Guilherme Garrido to test the limits of friendship and love.

Works unfold over time as experiences fueled by our engagement, whether at Ivana Müller’s play performed by its own audience; as part of Emily Roysdon‘s series of workshops dismantling the structures of the theater; or in Anna Craycroft‘s evolving residency/schoolhouse where participants develop a shared aesthetic language. Other artists question time more directly, proposing alternate histories and exposing hidden pasts, as in Trajal Harrell‘s imagined meeting between Harlem ball voguing and Judson modernism, or Andrew Ritchey‘s secret cinema of art films.

The Festival’s temporary community draws its energy from all the hours in the day, with morning workshops, afternoon salons and visual installations, evening performances, and late-night happenings. Space and time converge at our late-night hub, THE WORKS, where after-hours abandon collides with the ephemeral energy of a warehouse venue to create a space for artistic experimentation. THE WORKS at TBA kicks off with the riot girl fever of Kathleen Hanna’s new band The Julie Ruin, continues with Kim Gordon & Bill Nace’s guitar/film project Body/Head, and closes out with the bubbling, electro-world sounds of Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.

Curated by Artistic Director Angela Mattox, Visual Art Curator Kristan Kennedy, and Performing Arts Program Director Erin Boberg Doughton.

Performances include Lola Arias, Laura Arrington & Jesse Hewit, Linda Austin & David Eckard, Daniel Barrow, Nacera Belaza, The Blow, bobbevy/Suniti Dernovsek & David Stein, CAMPO/Pieter Ampe & Guilherme Garrido, The Chop Theatre/Itai Erdal, Miguel Gutierrez & the Powerful People, Trajal Harrell, Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale with the Oregon Symphony, Ivana Müller, Bouchra Ouizguen, Mariano Pensotti, Karen Sherman, and Third Angle New Music.

“…community declared itself a medium…” Visual Art at TBA features installations and new work by Anna Craycroft, Alex Mackin Dolan, Jamie Isenstein (curated by Stephanie Snyder), Lucy Raven, Andrew Ritchey, Emily Roysdon, Krystal South, A.L. Steiner, and Sue Tompkins.

THE WORKS features The Julie Ruin, Peter Burr, Kaj-anne Pepper & Chanticleer Tru, Nick Hallett, Like a Villain, Getting to Know (You)Tube, Led Er Est, Blues Control, Ieva Misevičiūtė, DUBAIS, Body/Head, Alexandro Segade, and Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.

Plan your TBA today
The full schedule of performing and visual artists at TBA:13 is online at TBA Festival Passes and tickets are available now; out-of-town visitors receive special discounts. Visit or call 503 224 PICA.