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. The festival returned Sept. 5–15, 2019 with 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 day of TBA’s 10-day run, PICA hosts conversations, panels, presentations, workshops and other events at venues throughout Portland, providing space and opportunity to participate in the festival on a deeper level. Check out TBA’s website for more information and photos from previous years’ festivals.