Time-Based Art Festival - TBA:13

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Country and Region United StatesOregon
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Portland, Oregon USA
Festival Contact Information

Time-Based Art Festival
415 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Phone: (01) 503-242-1419
Fax: (01) 503-243-1167
Email: pica@pica.org

Festival Description

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media, and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon. The TBA Festival is presented each September, with visual art installations running through the following month. TBA celebrates artists from across and in-between all mediums, and activates the entire community with art and ideas.

PICA presents a festival that bridges disciplines and geography with morning workshops, daytime installations, noontime lectures, afternoon salons, evening performances, outdoor happenings, and no shortage of late-night activity. Contemporary masters and significant emerging artists mix and mingle to bring you the best art of our time.

Festival Dates September 12 - 22, 2013
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Festival Story:

The Time-Based Art Festival presents the works of over 300 artists—many having come from as far away as the Netherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, and Brazil. Past Festival performers have included performance art master Laurie Anderson, British theatre group Stan’s Café, musical alchemist Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, legendary singer/performance artist Diamanda Galás, and modern Japanese Butoh dancer Akira Kasai. Previous PICA visual artists have featured Marina Abramovic, Harrell Fletcher, Justine Kurland, and Matthew Day Jackson.

PICA and The TBA Festival also commission and initiate new work such as TBA:06’s visual artist Matthew Day Jackson’s Paradise Now, TBA:05’s Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug’s world premiere of Rise:Rose and TBA:05’s Wally Cardona Quartet’s Everywhere. All of those exhibitions and productions continued onto national and international tours.


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  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art announces partial lineup for 2011 TBA festival, by Marty Hughley (The Oregonian, April 22, 2011)
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Practical Info:

  • Individual Tickets go on sale in August
  • Phone +01 503-242-1419
    Online at http://www.pica.org
  • Out of town visitors receive member price. Special pricing also available to visiting artist professionals.
  • Locations, venues and artists subject to change.
Volunteering at TBA:
  • Get involved in TBA through volunteering. Volunteers are essential to making TBA the vibrantly amazing Festival that it is. By giving us your time and energy, you receive performance tickets, Festival passes and our undying gratitude.
  • If you have any additional questions or need more information, please contact JaimeLee Christiana at volunteer@pica.org
Photo Credits:
  • 2009 Artist Feature
    • The Crumb Trail, Pan Pan Theatre, Ireland
      Feature in slideshow as third image
  • Photographers
    • Maria Anguera de Sojo
    • Ben Geraerts
    • Peter Nigrini
    • Juniper Shuey
    • Carl Skutsch
    • Umi Vaughan
    • Gene Pittman
    • John Lauener
  • Companies
    • LeeSaar The Company
    • Parenthetical Girls, photos by Sarah Meadows


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