Called “the best contemporary summer festival in the country” by The New York Times, Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performances, visual art and projects that defy categorization. TBA returns Sept. 7–10, 2017 for its 15th iteration, featuring artists from near and far. Expect an eclectic array of artists from across the globe, including from far-flung locales like Morocco, Singapore and France.
Modeled after international contemporary arts festivals in cities like Edinburgh and Adelaide, TBA is orchestrated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Installations and performances take over Portland’s theaters, galleries, warehouses and public spaces, while workshops and talks keep the arts going almost nonstop. Together, these works effectively obliterate the barriers between artists and their audiences.
Every night of TBA’s 10-day run, PICA hosts “The Works” at its box office in Northeast Portland. At these nightly events, artists and attendees can grab a drink and check out rock shows, drag balls, installations, sonic experiments and more. Check out below for a few intriguing events attendees can expect from this year’s festival.
Event spotlight for TBA 2017
- TBA’s opening night festivities at PICA’s headquarters on Sept. 7 will include an evening of music and dancing curated by Y.G.B. (Young, Gifted and Black) Portland. The Chicago based band Bomba con Buya will be performing bomba music (Puerto Rico’s oldest surviving dance style), followed by a set by Atlanta-based artist DJ Father Fannie.
- PICA’s 2016 Critical Mascara Vogue winner Daniel Girón (who also goes by the stage name Carbon Electra) will teach a vogueing class on Sept. 8 at New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) studio in Southeast Portland. This class, which is open to all levels of vogue experience, will break down the five fundamentals of Vogue Femme dancing: hand performance, cat walk, duck walk, floor work and spin dip.
- The premiere performances of Becca Blackwell‘s stand-up special “They, Themself and Schmerm” runs Sept. 8–11 at Artists Repertory Theatre in Southwest Portland. Blackwell is a NYC-based trans actor, performer and writer, and their special focuses on the question “How do I become a man, and do I even want that?”
For the full schedule of events, visit PICA’s website. Tickets to TBA can be purchased at their central box office at 15 N.E. Hancock St., and you can also call their box office at 503.224.PICA (7422).