Experimental art takes stage at TBA 21
It's become a Portland tradition almost two decades old. The Time-Based Art Festival 2021, Sept. 16-Oct. 3, offers something for everybody — meaning people who watch shows online or in person these days.
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art puts on TBA, presenting shows at PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St., and other venues around the city. Details can be found at http://www.pica.org, which is where there'll also be virtual events.
Kristan Kennedy is one of three artistic directors, along with Roya Amirsoleymani and Erin Bobert Doughton. It's all about experimental art and pushing boundaries.
• From Kennedy: "Visit PICA during open hours to spend time with five installations; some will be sites for performance, others are immersive VR and video environments. For example, Simon Liu, Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert's multi-channel video and sound work, 'Conviction,' hovers in PICA's annex, delivering a pop-colored sensory experience delving into the psychic space of political control and unrest in Hong Kong during the 2019 uprisings."
Also from Kennedy: "The 'Who Cares Clock' is a project you can participate in by mail. PICA has commissioned two essays by artist and scholar Eileen Isagon Skyers that take the format of a zine designed by Stephen Lurvey. Send four forever stamps and your address to T.W.C.C., c/o PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St., Portland, OR, 97212, and the limited edition project will be sent to you."Â
• From Amirsoleymani: "PICA has partnered with Wa Na Wari, a Black-centered art space and cultural hub in Seattle, to co-present two mobile, outdoor performances in Portland's Historic Albina District. On Sept. 17, Vanessa German of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, leads a procession for Black women culminating in a public, closing ritual in a vacant field along North Williams Avenue, where the adjacent Legacy Emanuel Hospital forced the demolition of Black homes and the displacement of Black families in the early 1970s.
Also from Amirsoleymani: "Iranian-British artist Javaad Alipoor'sÂ 'Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls' (Sept. 17-19)Â is a not-to-be-missed piece of immersive digital theater combining streamed performance with interactive social media. It is an experimental play about the widening divide between rich and poor, about entitlement and consumption, suffering under sanctions and dictatorships, how digital technology is complicit in social apartheid and gentrification, and the ways in which digital entitlement, resentment and fractured identity are changing the world."
• Other recommendations from the PICA staff are: jumatatu m. poeÂ & Jermone Donte Beacham, Raja Feather Kelly, Emily Johnson and Anthony Hudson (aka drag clown Carla Rossi); there also are Partner Projects, namely "No Face, No Case: Portraiture's Breaking," curated by Stephanie Snyder at Reed College, "S/kin," curated by Knowledge of Wounds.
Again, for details, see http://www.pica.org.
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