Renowned performance ensemble Big Art Group brings their culturally transgressive, technology-bending style to town to create a new work with the Portland community. In May, the company will be in residence at PICA, recording interviews with a cross-section of local residents for The People—Portland, a monumental, outdoor, live theater and video piece debuting at this year’s Time-Based Art Festival. With interview topics spanning the big ideas around democracy, justice, and community, the performance will blend this recorded digital “chorus” with a highly mediatized live take on the Greek tragedy The Oresteia.

While in town working on the The People, Big Art Group Artistic Director Caden Manson will give a free public lecture on the company’s blend of high and low technology, marginal and mainstream culture, and the questions they pose about contemporary experience.