TBA (Time Based Art) brings together a remarkable group of artists from around the world for ten days of thoughtful, innovative, and inspiring performances that address the cultures, aesthetics, issues and ideas of today.

Drawing on the vast and varied traditions of theatre, dance, performance, media and visual art and building on these to create new forms, the innovative projects presented at TBA Festival defy categorization. Common to them all, however, is the ephemeral nature of time.

A Letter from Kristy Edmunds

Welcome to PICA’s first annual, and first ever TBA Festival. It is destined to be a bold new look into what is happening in the contemporary arena of time-based art. What is time-based art? A way to encapsulate the variety of art forms that utilize and manipulate the passage of time. The TBA Festival is a 10-day immersion into the new ideas and alternative directors in theatre, media, dance, music, and mixed-disciplines. It includes artists from all over the world who are converging in Portland during what just might be the most gorgeous and animated month of the Portland year.

The TBA Festival is many, MANY things.

For artists, it is a chance to present and see one another’s work, discuss issues, exchange solutions, and forge new relationships with audiences and colleagues. For audiences, it is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the works of the critically acclaimed international artists and discuss the influences that provoke them to create. For Portlanders, the TBA Festival is a chance to showcase the attributes that make Portland such an incredible city in which to live, work, play, invent and experience.

For PICA, it is the opportunity to stimulate meaningful connections within a diverse arts community. To draw from eight years of experience and invent new pathways for artists and audiences, and to contribute something unique to the art ecology of the Northwest.

For all of us, TBA is a moment where we can jump over the fence line of the familiar to experience contemporary culture and artistic languages in a different way.