For the fourth year of TBA, we welcomed Mark Russell, Artistic Director from Under the Radar Festival and formerly of PS 122 in New York, as our first Guest Artistic Director. He kicked things off with an amplified punch and John King’s performance for dozens of electric guitarists. Laurie Anderson shared her experience as NASA’s first artist-in-residence in The End of the Moon; Kiki & Herb brought their louche cabaret torch act to sold-out audiences; post-modern dance pioneer Deborah Hay presented two different shows with Northwest performers; the Spalding Gray Project staged some of the departed performer’s legendary monologues; and the renowned Bebe Miller contemplated presence and dislocation in a new dance work. THE WORKS pulled up stakes and moved across the river to Southeast’s Audio Cinema, where electro-pop, cabaret, hip-hop, and indie rock echoed beneath the Morrison Bridge.
In 2006, PICA’s Visual Art Curator Kristan Kennedy launched the On Sight visual art program at TBA with a series of projects that explored how artists create history. Expanding our notions of time-based art, these projects ranged from Marina Abramovic’s Balkan Erotic Epic, to Harrell Fletcher re-creation of a Vietnamese war museum from Ho Chi Minh City, to a vast post-apocalyptic video and sculpture installation built in residence by Matthew Day Jackson.