TBA:10 FESTIVAL LINEUP VIDEO, Courtesy of Dustin Zemel.
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. Entering its eighth year, the TBA Festival is presented September 9-19, 2010, 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.
“This year,” says Guest Artistic Director Cathy Edwards, “TBA engages with some of the revolutionary creative thinkers who have indelibly altered the fabric of art-making and the definition of contemporary performance.” This includes new works that deal with the legacies and impacts of such influential figures as Samuel Beckett, choreographer Merce Cunningham, Elizabeth LeCompte and The Wooster Group, William Shakespeare, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Curated by Edwards, in collaboration with Performing Arts Program Director Erin Boberg Doughton and Visual Arts Program Director Kristan Kennedy, the Festival artists will include:
Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Kerstin Joensson
TBA ON STAGE presents performances by artists from across the country and around the globe, colliding the genres of dance, music, theatre, film and new media to propel new ideas and new forms. This year, PICA is very pleased to announce a special Opening Night Performance by Rufus Wainwright, in concert with the Oregon Symphony.
Rufus Wainwright: Classical Rufus
In concert with the Oregon Symphony
In this symphonic collaboration, Wainwright will perform his pop songs, Berlioz selections, Shakespearean sonnets and excerpts from his first opera, Prima Donna.
The Wooster Group: THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER
Controlled by the audience, this 360-degree interactive war film blends political bloggers, lascivious YouTube videos, oversized toys, and a battle between France and Britain. With each choice of the viewer to look or turn away, the work takes on a new narrative scope
Gare St. Lazare Players: First Love
Conor Lovett embodies the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett’s early short story about a man’s first, and perhaps only, love.
Jérôme Bel: Cédric Andrieux
Continuing Bel’s suite of staged dancer portraits, the piece recounts Andrieux’ life in dance and his work with world-renowned choreographers including the late Merce Cunningham.
Mike Daisey: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Daisey returns to TBA with the story of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a real-life Willy Wonka whose obsessions have shaped our age. In this darkly hilarious tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design, Daisey explores the human price we are willing to pay for our technology.
Maria Hassabi: SoloShow
The performer moves beyond rhythm, ideal postures and coherence to physically and seamlessly collage hundreds of images of female identity.
Dayna Hanson: Gloria’s Cause
Iconic and not-so-iconic moments of the American Revolution in a dance-driven rock musical equally inspired by punk music, professional sports and 70s television.
Danielle Kelly + Noelle Stiles: BLANKET
A soft-sculpture environment provides the set for a dance performance exploring human engagement and synthetic experience.
Gare St. Lazare Players: The Beckett Trilogy
A 3-hour tour de force performance by Conor Lovett of Samuel Beckett’s trio of novels: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Romeo and Juliet
Fabricated and piecemeal personal memories of Romeo and Juliet collide to form the script for this Shakespearean adaptation.
Stefan Zeromski Theatre: In the Solitude of Cotton Fields
Based on the play by the late Bernard-Marie Koltès, an encounter between a Dealer and a Client is staged with a live band and all the swagger of a punk concert.
Emily Johnson/Catalyst: The Thank-you Bar
Dance, storytelling, live multi-layered music and visual image merge to explore displacement, personal history and igloo myth.
John Jasperse Company: Truth, Revised History, Wishful Thinking and Flat Out Lies
The fluid boundaries of theatrical reality are exposed in a sexy, humorous and mesmerizing dance that bounces between the sincere and ironic, the seductive and violent.
Mike Daisey: NOTES TOWARD ALL THE HOURS IN THE DAY
For three years Daisey has been working on a live twenty-four hour monologue. This one night-event unpacks the themes of exhaustion, euphoria and madness that are intimately woven into such an undertaking.
Offsite Dance Project: On Thirteenth
New Japanese choreographers explore and illuminate the hidden subtext of the overlooked urban landscape.
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Storm Tharp, High House.
TBA ON SIGHT is a collection of installations, exhibitions, projections and gatherings by visual artists, curated and organized by Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Program Director for PICA.
Charles Atlas: Tornado Warning
A five-channel video installation based on Atlas’ early memories of tornado alerts in his childhood home of St Louis, Missouri.
Ronnie Bass: The Astronomer Part 1: Departure from Shed and 2012
Synth-based soundtracks underscore two videos that dream of an escape to a better place, and the start of a new world.
Dan Gilsdorf: Diabolus in Musica
Rumored to have been banned by the Catholic Church, a single uninterrupted chord will call to mind the evocative scores of horror films, and test the endurance of both performer and audience.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Children of the Sunshine
Transformed from a worn instrument to a body of art, Hutchins’ family piano inspires new prints, sculpture and video work.
Anissa Mack: My Heart Wants More
In her residency project, Mack will explore the unique cycles of ownership and memory that Portlanders have with their objects.
Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger: Untitled (Graves)
The artists will dig two holes deep and large enough for each man to lie in, and then tunnel between them to hold hands.
Christopher Miner: The Safest Place
Lost in contemplation, a lone man rotates endlessly in an undefined, space ship-like environment, chanting a reinvented prayer.
Ruby Sky Stiler: Borrowed and Inherited Forms
Stiler’s sculptural forms reference and reconstruct classical iconography from out of artist-constructed “rubble.”
John Smith: The Girl Chewing Gum
A commanding voiceover appears to direct the action in a busy street, until the audience realizes that the director may not be all he seems.
Storm Tharp: High House
“The placement of things, the breeze from an open window, a clear day, a still life, the re-assurance of what is joyful.” For TBA, Tharp will develop a new body of work in a “reverse” residency.
Yemenwed: Episode 3 and Bedroom w TV and Woman Lays w Aide
Taking queues from ritual, dance, cinema and video games, these two videos from the artist collective explore architectural space and spiritual transcendence.
The People’s Biennial
Curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann
In response to the growing exclusivity of the art world, the exhibit will present the work of 25 artists from outside of mainstream art centers.
Nina Katchadourian: Sorted Books
Curated by Mack McFarland
After sifting through a library, the artist selects particular books, stacking them so their titles can be read in sequence.
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Dayna Hanson, Still from Improvement Club.
TBA ON SCREEN is a collection of films and time-based media projects, informed by visual art and performance practices.
Short Films of Dayna Hanson
This program of dance films, experimental shorts and kinesthetic music videos spans film, music, dance and theater.
Zachary Oberzan: Flooding With Love for the Kid
A one-man remake of First Blood, directed, filmed, acted, edited, and designed for $96 in a New York studio apartment.
This is Displacement
Curated by Carolyn Anderson and Emily Johnson
Native film and video artists consider the relationship between land and identity.
HARD EDGE, HARD WORK
Curated by Stephanie Snyder
A group of film and video works by women artists that explore the physical, spiritual and social properties of abstraction.
OntheBoards.tv presents THE SHIPMENT
TBA:09 favorite Young Jean Lee Theater Company returns in one of OtB.tv’s full-length performance videos, exploring the experience of live vs. recorded theater.
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Charles Atlas, Film Still from Views On Film.
TBA INSTITUTE Go behind the scenes to discover the inspirations, ideas and techniques of Festival artists. Through a daily program of chats, workshops, and lectures, TBA INSTITUTE provides a platform for connection and exchange between festival artists and audiences.
Charles Atlas: With Merce
An intimate look at the late choreographer Merce Cunningham, through 8mm films and video collaborations with Charles Atlas.
The Wooster Group’s acclaimed founder and director, in conversation with Kathleen Forde, Curator of Time-Based Arts at EMPAC.
Real-time collaborations with TBA artists and performers, producing and binding new books on-demand in an on-site shop.
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Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, SHE IS OURSELVES. Photo: Stacey Mairs.
THE WORKS rounds out the Festival with nightly performances, an outdoor beer garden, spinning DJs, theater, video, and art installations. This year, THE WORKS returns to Washington High School, alongside the ON SIGHT Visual Arts installations. THE WORKS invites you to steer your TBA experience toward midnight. Below are just a few confirmed artists — more to come!
Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz
Fennesz’ lush and luminous electric guitar and laptop compositions blend with Atlas’ innovative live video mixing.
Ten Tiny Dances
Inventive new dance and performance art from a rotating lineup, all confined to a 4×4 stage. A TBA audience favorite returns!
Weed Wolf’s costumed concert, hip-pop from Matrimony, and women’s choir Yesbians!
Jennifer Reeves and Skúli Sverrisson: When it Was Blue, Curated by Cinema Project
With a haunting score by Sverrisson, Reeves’ hand-painted film is an ode to nature and 16mm film as they both rapidly vanish.
Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner: SHE IS OURSELVES
An evening of aesthetically-inclined dance performance and music from Woolly, White Rainbow, The Slaves, Tunnels and The Miracles Club.
Guantanamo Baywatch: Chevelle’s Dream
Expect skin, sweat, sharks and special guests for this beach party night of sludgy surf-rock tunz.
Rhythms and beats from Jane Paik, Tara Jane Oneil/Marisa Anderson, Ronnie Bass, Sarah Johnson, and Claudia Meza/Portland Taiko.
Eric Fredericksen and Weekend Leisure: Karaoke and Authenticity
A riotous and tender evening of artist-made karaoke videos for your favorite power ballads, with a hidden lecture inside.