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Highlights: PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland, OR, USA)

Since 1995, PICA has championed the practice of contemporary artists from around the world, driving vital conversations about the art and issues of today. PICA presents artists from visual and performing art backgrounds and embraces those individuals who exist at the borders of mediums and ideas. Through artist residencies and exhibitions, lectures and workshops, and the annual Time-Based Art Festival, PICA constructs a broad platform for contemporary art. (pica website)

Below are Contemporary Performance’s Highlights for PICA’s TBA Festival. You can view the full program on PICA’s Website


Big Art Group
The People—Portland

Blending real-time film, live actors, and a video “chorus” of interviews with a cross-section of Portlanders, Big Art Group pushes the formal boundaries of theater and film. (Note: Contemporary Performance is a project of Big Art Group)


Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells
The Quiet Volume

A self-generated ‘automatic’ performance for two audience members/participants at a time, who take cues from words both written and whispered through headphones.


Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol
El Rumor del Incendio

A bold “documentary” play exploring the radical revolutionary history of 60s Mexico, reigniting the social critiques of an earlier generation.


Miniature Dramas
Laura Heit & David Commander

Two clever puppeteers play out small-scale dramas live and projected on-screen.


Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero
Turbulence (a dance about the economy)

A collaborative creation, Turbulence is an experimental hybrid of contemporary dance, improvised happening, and political theater in response to economic crisis.


Laurie Anderson
Dirtday!

Legendary musician and artist Laurie Anderson performs the third and final of her groundbreaking solo story works

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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