Time-Based Art Festival

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Time-Based Art Festival
GenreInterdisciplinary art and performance
Location(s)Portland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
Years active16
Inaugurated2003 (2003)
FounderKristy Edmunds
Organised by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Website www.pica.org/tba

The Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) is an annual interdisciplinary art and performance festival presented each September in Portland, Oregon by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).



TBA is modeled on similar European and Australian Festivals, including the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals. It features events in diverse venues across the city of Portland, OR, through partnerships with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Reed College, Northwest Film Center, and many other local peer institutions.[ citation needed ]

The first TBA Festival occurred in 2003; it was curated by Kristy Edmunds, who founded PICA in 1995. [1]

TBA uses a wide variety of venues across the city for events each year, including the theaters of the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, BodyVox, Portland State University's Lincoln Hall, among others. From 2009 to 2012, the festival made use of the prominent but then-vacant Washington High School building and campus in Southeast Portland as its hub. [2] In 2016, the organization signed a long-term lease on a building along the North Williams Avenue corridor that would serve as a permanent hub for the Festival's late night programming, box office, and provide additional theater and gallery space when needed. [3]

The festival inspired other contemporary performance festivals, such as the Austin, Texas-based Fusebox Festival. [4]


  1. McCann, Fiona (28 November 2017). "PICA Announces New Leadership Team". Portland Monthly. Sagacity Media. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. PICA | ArtPlace, https://www.artplaceamerica.org/funded-projects/pica/blog/pica-0
  3. PICA has a new home: PICA, http://pica.org/2016/04/21/new-home-pica/
  4. Rocco, Claudia La (September 23, 2011). "Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, Oregon". The New York Times . ISSN   0362-4331.

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