At the start of the 2005 TBA Festival, we bid a fond farewell to PICA founder Kristy Edmunds, and sent her off to Australia with a heart-stopping public performance by STREB in Pioneer Courthouse Square. From then on, it was full steam ahead to present our most ambitious Festival yet. DJ Spooky live re-mixed 1915 silent film Birth of a Nation; choreographer Kota Yamazaki crossed between modern dance, butoh, and hip-hop forms; European performance artist Ivana Müller explored the weight of her thoughts; punk hero Hans Weigand mined B-movie tropes for his Portland-filmed episode of his serial movie Jerry Cotton; and Wally Cardona Quartet premiered a new dance accompanied by live score from Ethel.
We relocated our late-night activity from Machineworks to a complex of NW Portland warehouses, christening THE WORKS as our new after-hours hub. Alongside music and performance by Antony & the Johnsons, Mirah, Meow Meow, and more, ripe returned with a posse of local chefs to recreate their cafeteria memories at a late-night canteen. And, to top it all of, the notorious Dada ball made a boisterous return in honor of PICA’s 10th anniversary, closing out the Festival frenzy and leaving us all exhausted.