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

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

Willamette Weekend: 17 Things to Do and See in Portland, September 12-14

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Features
Friday, Sept. 12 Time-Based Art Festival[PERFORMANCE] Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-busting bonanza of performance, music, visual art and film—the fest itself, produced by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, has been ...   More
 
Friday, September 12, 2014 WW Culture Staff

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.


Theater
Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.


Music Stories
Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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