Yellow Fish provides an organized platform for durational performance work in the form of a festival.  The festival supports innovation and experimental curation of performance art that includes but is not limited to movement, sound, taste, clothing, language, environment, and time as concept and material in performance.

The multi-day festival provides support for professional local, national, and international artists to gather, generate, and present duration based performance in diverse venues and spaces. An extension of the festival is a digital archive of research, writings, reflections, and documentation of past artists, presenters, and curators who have been experimentalists and leaders in duration based performance work.

Yellow Fish aims to bring awareness to the significance and study of time  through a multitude of

cultural practices and artistic mediums while facilitating community involvement in historical and contemporary thought surrounding durational performance.

Yellow Fish is currently run by co-artistic directors Babette Pendleton and Jillayne Hunter.


Under the direction of Alice Gosti, Yellow Fish presented four festivals from 2013-2017 which aimed to present durational performances lasting a minimum of an hour and a maximum of 48 hours.
Inspired by Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Gina Pane, Yves Klein, Jan Fabre, Salt Horse’s 12-hour Play, and others, Alice Gosti created Yellow Fish thinking about ways in which artists could create performances, actions, re-actions which continue for a length of time and do not  necessarily require the constant attention of an audience and may not require an audience at all.
Each artist who participated in a previous editions of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival nominated an artist for the following edition. From the database created with the nominations, Alice Gosti, began to build a roster of artists representing a wide range of mediums which made sure the festival allowed for a peculiar variety of creators, some who may have never engaged with durational performance.
In 2018, under the new leadership of Babette DeLafayette Pendleton, Yellow Fish presented its fifth festival. Babette expanded Yellow Fish to include the artistic and administrative support of Jillayne Hunter, Marlys Yvonne, and Jessa Carter. The festival altered its core curation by placing an emphasis on time that could be of any length, not adhering to the mindset that durational work inherently means long. The fifth festival enhanced the durational aspect of Yellow Fish by pushing the festival to involve continuous performances throughout its five day run. The festival included music, film, food, and fashion in its curation with the aim to integrate and represent these mediums within a durational performance platform.
Beginning in 2019, Babette expanded Yellow Fish to include an internship program for emerging artists/arts administrators interested in learning about curation, durational performance, and artist driven initiatives. In addition, Yellow Fish partnered with The Northwest Film Forum to build a platform for supporting and presenting durational films. 

A heightened, radical experience: Babette Pendleton on

Yellow Fish Durational Performance Festival

by Kaitlin McCarthy - August 23, 2018



Yellow Fish Durational Performance Festival

2014 at Hedreen Gallery

by T.S.Flock- July 9th, 2014

Sisyphean Punishments

by Amanda Manitach - July 10, 2014 

Slender Manatees, a Wolf Skin,

and a Kiddie Pool of Pig Blood—

The Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance

Festival Has Begun

by Brendan Kiley- July 9th, 2014

Sensory Overload

by City Arts Staff - July 28th, 2014

Just This, For Now

by Sharon Arnold - July 29th, 2014


by Jeremy Buben - July 16, 2014

It’s About Time: The Yellow Fish

Durational Performance Festival -

And Why Is Durational Performance

So Popular Right Now?

by Brendan Kiley - July 9th, 2014