TBA Diaries: Sam Green and Yo La Tengo, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

A second opinion

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Arts & Books
I was first introduced to Buckminster Fuller by a college professor in a history of architecture course. This professor, an endearing and excitable German we all revered, bounced about the lecture hall as he spoke, oh-so-sonorously, about Fuller’s geodesic dome, his avant-garde designs and his utopian principles.No matter how much enthusiasm that professor had for Fuller, experimental filmmaker Sam ...   More
 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

From Stage To Screen

Director Sam Green goes live with The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, Sam Green builds a movie from scratch. Instead of presenting the life of the titular 20th-century...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Turbulence/Le Cargo

Getting political in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


Dance
Recent financial upheaval and the roller-coaster ride of the ongoing culture wars feed Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence. Hennessy and his contemporary dance-theater outfit, Circo Zero, mine Wall Stre   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

TBA Diaires: Brainstorm and Sahel Sounds, Global and Mobile Pop

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Arts & Books
Walking into the world of TBA:12 for the first time was a rather disorienting. The beefy security guards seemed far too on edge for an arts festival. And the staff and volunteers carried the harried and exhausted look in their eyes that I remember seeing in the mirror during the first few months of my son’s life. Smile as they might, you could tell the late nights, and the care and feeding of this ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 ROBERT HAM

TBA Diaries: Big Art Group, The People—Portland

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Arts & Books
Big Art Group's The People—Portland was the first official performance in the Time-Based Art festival—at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, at Washington High School—but it was not the first performance art piece of the day. Two hours earlier, at the city council meeting on fluoridation, a woman with a somewhat ill-favored look addressed the Portland city council as someone who was against ...   More
 
Friday, September 7, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez, Heavens What Have I Done

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Arts & Books
If you have plans to see Heavens What Have I Done tonight or tomorrow, Miguel Gutierrez probably wants you to stop reading this. Gutierrez is an advocate of audience members entering performances blindly. He dislikes programs, and he dislikes papers about the “meaning” of his work. Does Gutierrez want to read a graduate student’s analysis of his performance? No. Like everyone else, he says, he’d ...   More
 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Nora Chipaumire, Miriam

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Arts & Books
Miriam, a world premiere from Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire, is dark. Not gloomy or sinister—no, this is a performance genuinely devoid of light. As a result, it can be difficult to make out what exactly is happening onstage, what Chipaumire and fellow dancer Okwui Okpokwasili are wearing, what sorts of props they’re handling. Occasional flashes of light break the darkness—one of the ...   More
 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Ten Tiny Dances

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Arts & Books
The 10-year-old event Ten Tiny Dances at Washington High School at 8:30 pm this past Saturday, September 8, was this year as it always has been: inconsistent, often frustrating and spiked with ever-so-occasional moments of transcendent hilarity or beauty.The premise, for those unfamiliar: 10 different dancers or companies are invited to perform a short dance on a tiny 4-foot-by-4-foot stage. It's ...   More
 
Monday, September 10, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Miriam/The Quiet Volume

Previews for week one of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Theater
Nora Chipaumire is a force of nature. The Zimbabwe-born, New York City-based choreographer has a style both visceral and regal, evoking a powerful and charismatic bird of prey. Chipaumire’s crea   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

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