Rose Bond Awarded Oregon Media Arts Fellowship

May 17, 2016

Congratulations to Rose Bond, Lead Faculty in Animated Arts on her 2016 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship. The fellowship supports her upcoming collaboration with the Oregon Symphony on the December 2016 performance of the Turangalîla-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Bond will direct a feature-length multi-screen animated film that will be performed simultaneously on six interconnected, video mapped screens during the Oregon premiere of the Turangalîla. In addition to creating work for the performance, Bond is also leading a team of  PNCA student animators and programmers to assist in the creative production. The OMAF is a joint endeavor of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Media Arts Production Association, and Northwest Film Center.    

Rose Bond is a Canadian born media artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her short films have been screened in international competitions including Sundance and the New York Film Festival. Although her roots are in frame-by-frame, hand drawn and direct animation, her current work focuses on public site-based animated installations. The Fellowship will aid in producing Bond’s latest project, “Animate Turangalia.”

Working with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016, “Animate Turangalia” will premiere the 1949 Turangalia-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. This lush 20th century masterpiece combines exotic sounds and cultural myth, including, birdsong, Balinese gamelan music, post war popular culture, Sanskrit and the myth of Tristan and Isolde. The work is meant to be experienced visually as well as aurally. 

At PNCA, Bond is Associate Professor in Animated Arts and Foundation in addition to being  Lead Faculty in Animated Arts. Bond also founded and leads PNCA's biennial Boundary Crossings  two-week intensive institute open to working professionals as well as to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in time-based arts and a desire for an immersive studio experience on the cutting edge of animation and fine art. The Institute embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.

Animator and media artist Rose Bond has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships from such prestigious agencies as the American Film Institute, The Princess Grace Foundation, Bloomberg L.P., and the National Endowment for the Arts. She recently created a prototype for a large scale, animated installation for the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.

Rose Bond has created major, site-specific installations for a number of locations, including Broadsided! at Exeter Castle in England (2010) and Gates of Light at the Museum at Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side (2004). Her multi-channel installation, Intra Muros, premiered at Director’s Invitation in the 2007 PLATFORMFestival and has been mounted internationally in the Utrecht City Hall during the Holland Animation Film Festival in 2008, the 2011 Nuit Blanche in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb 2013. Bond’s composite animation, Memoria Mortalis, was screened in competition at Sundance 2001 and toured nationally with the Ann Arbor Experimental Film Winners. Her hand-drawn (direct animation) films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.