Portland hosts performance art

Time-Based Art Festival returns in September

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

This September, contemporary artists from around the world are converging on the City of Roses for the 11th annual Time-Based Art Festival.

Presented by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the festival features visual installations, live performances, workshops, talks and late-night happenings. The festival runs Sept. 12-22 at various locations around Portland.

“Our intent is to build an immersive platform that celebrates creativity and imagination, where artistic risk-taking and new experiences are embraced,” said artistic director Angela Mattox in the festival’s guidebook.

Here are a few 2013 highlights:

• Suniti Dernovsek: Choreographer Dernovsek’s Portland-based contemporary dance company Bobbevy will present the world premiere of “This is how we Disappear.” Two dancers explore the complexities and fragility of human relationships. The performance runs Sept. 13-16 at the BodyVox Dance Center.

• Third Angle New Music: The Portland group will perform Georg Friedrich’s String Quartet No. 3 in total darkness. The event runs Sept. 17-19 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Kendall Planetarium.

• Bouchra Ouizguen: Moroccan choreographer Ouizguen presents “Ha!,” an exploration of madness, obsession and ritual, inspired by the poems of Rumi. The performances run Sept. 18-20 at the Imago Theatre.

• Lucy Raven: Artist Raven’s “Room Tone” is an instruction piece for voice and electromagnetic tape to be performed live by one or more people. The installation runs at Con-Way in Northwest Portland.

Individual tickets range from $8 to $30, depending on the event. Festival passes are also available ranging from The Works (10 days of late-night shows) for $60 to the unlimited access Patron pass for $500 ($250 is tax-deductible). Out-of-town visitors, including Central Oregon residents with a current driver’s license, will receive $5 off tickets and approximately $30 to $50 off passes. For more information, visit www.pica.org or contact 503-242-1419.