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

TBA Diaries: Opening Night, THEESatisfaction

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Time-Based Art Festival
It’s Thursday night in an old warehouse, and I’m not entirely sure what I just walked into. There’s silver foil scrunched up on the walls, blue and purple lights casting giant silhouettes, and I swear somebody has neon-green hair that glows in the dark. One woman wears a floor-length down parka, 80-degree temps inside the building be damned. It’s opening night at Portland Institute for Contemporary ...   More
 
Friday, September 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

PICA Announces Lineup for 2014 Time-Based Art Festival

Updated: the festival's late-night social hub will be located in inner southeast Portland.

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Arts & Books
Inuit throat singers, modernist sculptures made of Pontiac cars and elderly Portlanders’ sex lives: The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has announced the line-up for this year's Time-Based Art Festival, which takes place on September 11-21. The annual 10-day spree of theater, dance, visual art, film and music (and other things not so easily categorized) is again globe-spanning, ...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Time Goes On

Our top picks for the final week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Theater
After a first week of personal accounts of torture, fierce runway queens, a voguing Antigone, confessional pop music, giant whisklike sculptures, penis manipulation and attempts at twerking both   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Time For a Change

Our top picks for the first week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Theater
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival—that 11-day spree of theater, dance, music, visual art, film and various other uncategorizable, avant-garde and batshit thin   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 WW Culture Staff

End Things

The challenge of visual arts at TBA.


Visual Arts
On this yearlong eve of the Mayan apocalypse, as we bury our faces in digital displays, what is the relevance of the old-fashioned objet d’art? Can it engage the mind and uplift the spirit? Kris   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

TBA Diary: Mike Daisey's All the Hours in the Day

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Arts & Books
Getting into Mike Daisey’s epic, 24-hour monologue, All the Hours in the Day, was a lot of like boarding a really popular Disneyland ride. Long lines snaked all over Washington High School, and I passed four checkpoints before even making it to the lines. On the way I got my left wrist stamped with a jack o’lantern image and a grey wristband affixed to my right wrist and my ID checked twice.But ...   More
 
Monday, September 19, 2011 Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: Another Mike Daisey Survivor

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Arts & Books
It is a common trope that reading is really the only art that requires skill from its audience; this is one of the reasons that the audience for serious literature will always be limited, whatever the countless perky entreaties of high school librarians. But in his 24-hour monologue, All the Hours of the Day, Mike Daisey demanded something even rarer than skill or education: he asked of his audience ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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