Portland goes modern

Time-Based Art Festival presents contemporary work around the city

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Since its inception in 2003, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival has been a mecca for lovers of contemporary performance and visual arts. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2012 festival will run Sept. 6-16 and will present dozens of emerging and established artists from around the world at various locations in Portland.

Going outside the box, the festival's performances, exhibits, workshops and lectures aren't confined to the walls of a museum or the stage of a theater. This year's performers will use warehouses, city streets, building walls and a public library as canvas. Many works are also interactive.

“As a curator, I love when mediums and styles collide and the projects in this year's festival are firmly interdisciplinary, often moving between theater, video, movement and music in a single piece,” said Angela Mattox, TBA's artistic director, in a news release. The themes for 2012 include “democracy, community and freedom of speech, as well as deeply personal issues around identity, home and exile.”

This year, the festival has an international flair, with artists hailing from Mexico, Japan, Croatia and Serbia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Zimbabwe and across the United States. Highlights include performances by Laurie Anderson, Faustin Linyekula, the Gob Squad and Miguel Gutierrez.

Passes for multiple events range from $75 to $500, depending on the type of package. Single tickets are also available (prices vary depending on the event). To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.pica.org or call 503-224-7422.