The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Maya Beiser, Uncovered

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Arts & Books
The hook for New York-based “cello goddess” Maya Beiser’s performance at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival was blatant: hear boomer rock and blues classics—played on a cello! So transgressive! So TBA, busting those rigid genre boundaries and gazing at pop culture with an artsy (maybe even, some might have futilely hoped, arch) sensibility.  But though TBA patrons packed PSU's ...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!

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Arts & Books
There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living Documentary, struck notes of whip-smart hilarity with her motivational-speaker schtick. Tonight, Mammalian Diving Reflex opens All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, in which 60- and 70-somethings ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Luke George, Not About Face

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Arts & Books
I thought all the bedsheets would be white.Instead, as we enter the Conduit dance studio for Luke George’s Time-Based Art Festival performance, volunteers drape us in sheets in shades of lavender, pale pink, taupe, seafoam green. I wear soft yellow. We look less like Klansmen or kids in homemade Halloween ghost costumes than like those pastel-colored marshmallows, blown up to human size and ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball

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Arts & Books
At the beginning of the Time Based-Art Festival’s second-annual Critical Mascara drag ball, host Kaj-anne Pepper said it would be “a shitshow of a magic night.”She spoke the truth. Though the only things that actually emerged from rear ends were condoms and bananas (no joke, and the latter was consumed), this “post-realness drag ball” proved it deserves to hold a permanent spot on TBA’s ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Tim Hecker

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Arts & Books
When I interviewed sound artist Tim Hecker recently, I asked about his live show. It’s something I don’t normally do, because YouTube can usually answer such queries for me. But because he's an artist who doesn’t perform that often and who straddles the line between the avant-garde and “conventional” pop music worlds, I wanted to know what to expect of his show at the Time-Based Art Festival, ...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

TBA Diaries: Tahni Holt, Duet Love

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Arts & Books
Local choreographer Tahni Holt creates dances meant to make the audience question something—perhaps an audience’s relationship to the performers, or what it means to be “normal.” Duet Love, her newest piece at PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, is no exception. Featuring four dancers often split up into pairs, the piece moves through several acts of droning piano music, broken electric guitar ...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Tanya Tagaq, Nanook of the North

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Arts & Books
Tanya Tagaq makes the body into a natural force—incoherent, wild, nigh on undeniable. Secondhand reports have placed her Saturday show as a bit subdued, but at PSU's Lincoln Hall on Friday, Sept. 12 as part of PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, Tagaq provided a live musical interpretation of 1922's partly-staged Inuit documentary Nanook of the North that was almost unhinged—in turns sexual, playful, ...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diaries: Eisa Jocson, Death of a Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer

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Arts & Books
Dressed in a pleather halter top and towering stilettos, eyes lined in black and lips painted red, Eisa Jocson clops into the BodyVox studio. She carries a bulky black bag over her shoulder. We’re in a circle around her, some sitting, some standing, many fanning themselves with their programs. The house lights are on. There is no music. Jocson’s heels thud against the floor.Jocson, a dancer from ...   More
 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Samita Sinha, Cipher

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Arts & Books
A woman’s voice floats down from somewhere above unseen. Samita Sinha is opening Cipher with a kind of call to worship as she rounds the third-floor balcony of the Winningstad Theatre. Her performance as part of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival is a world premiere, and its greenness eventually shows. As the lights dim, Sinha calmly enters the stage, where a triangle has been set out in ...   More
 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

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