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TBA Time: Portland’s Time Based Art Festival Set to Kick Off

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

 

Photo Credit: Eugenie Frerichs

The countdown is almost done, and Portland is about to transform into a hotspot of art. Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's (PICA) annual 10-day Time Based Art (TBA) Festival kicks off this Thursday, Sept. 11. 

The TBA festival draws artists from across the country and around the world for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Live performances, temporary galleries, and late-night parties will occupy a myriad of public spaces throughout Portland. 

Exhibits and performances for TBA 2014 include everything from The Mammalian Diving Reflex's "All the Sex I've Ever Had," a show featuring local elderly people sharing personal stories of intimacy and sexual relationships, to a drag ball and competition, "Critical Mascara," which was one of the biggest hits of TBA 2013. 

See Slides Below: 5 Artists To Look For At Portland's TBA festival, 2014

PICA describes the annual festival as an all-hours forum for new ideas and experiences that aims to activate the city with art and energy. For the uninitiated, it's an opportunity to see creative work at play in some of the city's public spaces, as well as a chance to catch a wide range of performances.  

The festival is designed to brings guests into conversation with the ideas, research, and inspirations behind the presented works.

"I think there is a strong music and vocal thrust to our TBA programming this year that is notable and really diverse," said TBA communications director, Noelle Stiles. 

Many of the vocal artists set to perform in the festival utilize raw vocal expression and sonic experiments to reveal themes and ideas about social and cultural realities, according to PICA. 

The theater and dance lineup this year embraces themes of intimacy, exchange, humor, and reimagined worlds. 

One of the festival's signature components is "The Works," where TBA goes after dark. Every night The Works features different performances: rock shows, drag balls, video art, mock reality TV shows, and more. TBA encourages both guests and artists to participate in late-night fun of eating, drinking, and dancing.  

The Works is held at Fashion Tech, a warehouse venue that transforms each night on 2010 SE 8th Street. The outdoor bar opens nightly at 9:30 p.m.

TBA passes are available for purchase online or at PICA, 415 SW 10th Avenue from noon-6 p.m. Passes grant guests admittance to all exhibits, workshops, performances, and after parties throughout the festival. Interested persons can also purchase individual day-of-show tickets, available at each venue 60 minutes before showtime. 

A TBA guidebook is available online to help guests navigate when and where exhibits and shows are happening. Guests can also use TBA's online personal planner to schedule events to attend throughout the festival. 

Sign up for email announcements about TBA to stay notified about important information and dates.

 

Related Slideshow: 5 Artists To Look For At Portland’s TBA festival: 2014

Portland annual Time Based Art (TBA) festival draws artists from across the country and around the world for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Here are five artists to watch for at this year's festival. 

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Critical Mascara

Critical Mascara is a 'post-realness drag ball' and competition hosted by Pepper Pepper. The show features celebrity judges, special guest performers, and a late night dance party for all. 

Date & Time: September 13, 10:30 pm - 12:30 am 

Location: 2010 SE 8th Ave Portland

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Photo Credit: Eric Sellers

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Mammalian Diving Reflex

The Mammalian Diving Reflex presents "All the Sex I've Ever Had," a show featuring local elderly persons sharing their true stories of intimacy and sexual relationships. 

Date & Time: September 17-20, 7:00 pm

Location: PSU Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Ave Portland

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Photo Credit: Lucia Eggenhoffer

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Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq is an inuit throat singer. In her TBA sound art performance Tagaq pairs her music with the 1922 film Nanook of the North. Her vocal performance aims to mimic the backdrop of the film and portray powerful authentic emotion. 

Date & Time: September 12-13, 8:30 pm

Location: Portland State University Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave Portland

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Photo Credit: Ivan Otis

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Luke George

Luke George's 'Not About Face' is a choreographic experiment meant to question the nature of unspoken contracts between performer and audience. 

Date & Time: September 14, 4:30 pm & September 15-18, 8:30 pm

Location: Conduit, 918 SW Yamhill, Suite 401, Portland

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Photo Credit: Jeff Busby

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Hypnosis Display

The Hypnosis Display is an original, live sound and film collaboration between experimental vocalist and musician Liz Harris and filmmaker Paul Clipson. Sound and imagery from natural and urban regions of America aim to envelope viewers in deeply felt connections to landscape, environment, and place. 

Date & Time: September 20, 8:30 pm

Location: Portland State University, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave Portland

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Photo Credit: Paul Clipson

 
 

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