Symposium: Art, Activism, & Publishing in Sex Work

Symposium: Art, Activism, & Publishing in Sex Work

Working It Release Party, Rose Nordin Artist Talk, Collaboration Across Communities Panel Discussion, and Symposium Wrap-Up

November 9, 2019 12:00–4:00 PM Portland Institute for Contemporary Art FREE AND OPEN TO ALL 12:00…

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Subharmonic: A Sonic Arts Symposium

Subharmonic: A Sonic Arts Symposium spans two immersive days of interactive workshops, thought-provoking panels, and live…


Respondent Remarks & Closing Conversation

with Joël Barraquiel Tan and Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly

Joël Barraquiel Tan (Director of Community Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco) and Catherine…

PICA at West End

TBA Conversation: Mammalian Diving Reflex

Darren O'Donnell with Ariana Jacob

Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Artistic Director, Darren O’Donnell, provides a glimpse into the company’s research and creative process;…

PICA at West End

A Community Forum

on Art, Activism, and Social Change

Join artists, activists, and thinkers from Portland and beyond for a participation-oriented community forum exploring ideas,…

PICA at West End
TBA:14 Workshops

LGBT Requiem Mass Roundtable

With Artist Holcombe Waller & Think Tank Guests

PICA makes transparent the creative process of a new commission and future TBA Festival project, Holcombe…

PICA at West End
TBA:14 Workshops

Workshop: Holcombe Waller

Reverence Reclaimed! / *SNAP* A Workshop for Singing

Join the community choir! Singer, composer and performing artist Holcombe Waller will lead warm up and…

New Expressive Works
Mammalian Diving Reflex - All the Sex I've Ever Had

Festival Flight: Seniors, Sexuality, & Spirituality

A Symposium for Art & Social Change

Our second of two TBA Festival Flights, Seniors, Sex, & Spirituality: Art and Social Change references two TBA projects: Holcombe Waller’s…

PICA at West End

Fish Skin Lantern Workshop

As a performing artist, Emily Johnson makes contemporary performance works that are infused with her experiences…

PSU: Art Building, Room 250

Emily Johnson/Catalyst

Niicugni (listen)

A layered performance of dance, live music, and stories, housed within an installation of fish-skin lanterns and original instruments. …

Bodyvox Dance Center

Keith Hennessy Talk

Symposium Closing Remarks

Bay Area choreographer and performance artist Keith Hennessy—whose project Turbulence (a dance about the economy) was the subject…

Bodyvox Dance Center

Harrell Fletcher & Emily Johnson

What We Talk About

In this special matinee performance of Niicugni, artist Harrell Fletcher will intermittently “press pause” on performer…

Bodyvox Dance Center

Upending Meaning Panel

Rereading and Reframing Cultural Specificity

Local and regional contemporary artists discuss and contend with culturally specific readings of their work….

PICA at West End

Jacqueline Shea Murphy Lecture

Transformative Moves: Indigenous Epistemologies in Indigenous Contemporary Dance

Dance scholar Jacqueline Shea Murphy discusses Indigenous Contemporary Dance as a genre, and outlines some of…

PICA at West End

Field Guide: Dance

Getting Over Getting It

What assumptions do we bring with us when we attend a performance? How do artists and…

Bodyvox Dance Center: Studio

C’mon Language: Carlota Ribas and Dean Daderko

Foreign Exchange: Global Markets, Local Worlds

Daderko and Ribas discuss how the exchange of art and ideas, language and commerce play out across local and global contexts….

PICA at West End

C’mon Language: Richard Taylor

Defeating the Art/Science Divide

Physicist Richard Taylor discusses his research into fractal patterns as a way to bridge our thinking between science and art….

PICA at West End

Emily Johnson Workshop

Awareness, Environment, and Impulse

Encouraging a heightened senses of awareness, this workshop will generate movement through listening, sensing, and shifting focus. …


How Do You Mean? Culture in Translation

PICA Symposium

An interdisciplinary weekend of art, performance, and conversations, investigating the complexity of constructing and communicating culture in contemporary art…

Various Locations

Anna Craycroft

C'mon Language

Exhibition Open:

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Making Change Panel

Portland Musicians on the Economy & Community

Musician and advocate Rebecca Gates leads a panel talk on the local music scene from the perspective of working artists….

PICA at West End

A.L. Steiner & A.K. Burns

Community Action Center

Inspired by 1970s porn-romance-liberation films, this unique womyn-centric film is both an ode and a hole-filler, a hedonistic and political adventure….

Hollywood Theatre

Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero Performance

Turbulence Open Rehearsal

A working rehearsal and open session for examining the content and context of Hennessy’s TBA:12 work-in-progress performance….

New Expressive Works

The Oh So (Queer) History of Portland

Dill Pickle Club

A walking tour of downtown Portland’s queer and LGBT past, from bathhouses to drag clubs to political sites….

PICA at West End

Keith Hennessy


Through dance, dialogue, and action, Hennessy references the images and shamanic practice of the mythic artist Joseph Beuys….

New Expressive Works

Happy Hour Reading Groups

A series of casual discussions on the main themes of the PICA Symposium: Bodies, Identities & Alternative Economies….

Various Locations

PICA Symposium

Bodies, Identities, and Alternative Economies

Choreographer Keith Hennessy will inspire a weekend symposium of live performance and conversations that destabilize convention and expose the moment of artistic creation.