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

PICA Announces Lineup for 2014 Time-Based Art Festival

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


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

TBA Diaries: Mariano Pensotti, Sometimes I Think, I Can See You


Arts & Books
On Thursday, I was a poet. A poet who supported herself by waiting tables at Applebee’s and whose love for Jay-Z was rivaled only by an obsession with Public Enemy. I came from Indiana, where my grandparents still live, on a farm. I had a sister who was always setting me up on blind dates and always with terrible men. Men who didn’t ride bikes. Who only drove. Who voted Republican.On Thursday, ...   More
Sunday, September 22, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, And lose the name of action


Arts & Books
If you saw Miguel Gutierrez’s show, Heavens What Have I Done, at last year’s Time-Based Art Festival, you might feel like you know the dance artist. That solo work found Gutierrez monologuing, at a mile-a-minute pace, about politics, Plato and the pompousness of performance art, all the while dressed in clown makeup and a rainbow-striped costume. He was bombastic and unruly, to be sure, but he ...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Third Angle New Music, In the Dark


Arts & Books
I often listen to parts of concerts with my eyes closed, the better to focus on the sounds rather than the onstage flash. It's not that flash isn't a valid part of the entertainment experience, but it's surprising how you hear a concert differently sans visual distractions.That's what everyone has to do at the Third Angle New Music concerts this week. Taking place at the OMSI Planetarium as part of ...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Trajal Harrell, Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M)


Arts & Books
At Friday's TBA showing of Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M), a half-dozen people walked out. Maybe a full dozen. So at Trajal Harrell’s artist talk on Saturday at PICA, I asked the dancer-choreographer what that’s like.“They were lucky this wasn’t Mimosa,” Harrell answered, referencing another piece in his repertoire. ...   More
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Campo (Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido), Still Standing You


Arts & Books
You might have heard that Still Standing You involves two men manipulating each other’s penises. This is true. (To give you a hint of what you'll see, there are certain tricks that could not be performed on a circumcised man).But to put undue focus on these aspects—the nudity, the physical intimacy, the bodily fluids—isn’t fair. Still Standing You (part of PICA's Time-Based Art Festival) ...   More
Saturday, September 14, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Lola Arias, The Year I Was Born

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Arts & Books
Lola Arias’ El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born), whose run at the Time-Based Art Festival closed last night, has been getting rave reviews. Mine won’t be the exception. But I have to say the obvious: I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I spoke Spanish.The play, directed by Lola Arias, recounts the true stories of 11 Chileans who came of age during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. ...   More
Monday, September 16, 2013 AARON SPENCER

TBA Diaries: Nick Hallett, Rainbow Passage


Arts & Books
Burbly vintage synth sounds, repeated arpeggios straight out of mid-period Reich/Glass high minimalism, trippy light show, mellow vocals, closed-eyed audience members…for one night, TBA's late-night social hub The Works turned into That '70s Show when singer/composer/keyboardist Nick Hallett presented his multimedia Rainbow Passage. Only the incense and soft cushions were missing.The gloopy atmosphere ...   More
Monday, September 16, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewit, Adult


Arts & Books
Laura Arrington wrote on her blog that she's not worried about her work Adult making sense. That's good—because it doesn't. For the piece, now at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, Arrington draws from a number of inspirations about mortality and the meaning of life. I won't get into them much here because they're pretty heavy (you can start with Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death, if you're interested) ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON SPENCER


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