Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Animated Arts

July 31 – August 11, 2017, Monday-Friday, 9-5pm
Instructors: Rose Bond & Birgita Hosea, PhD

2017 Theme: Performing Identity through Animated Documentary

Is the personal political? How can we truly experience another person’s reality? In our world of multiple identities, how can we use animation to present the world through another’s eyes? Can poetic, subjective forms of representation allow us to understand another’s experiences and perspectives? Do we need characters for this? Do we need language at all? 

PNCA’s biennial Boundary Crossings is a 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.

Building on Bill Nichol’s idea of performative documentary – in which the filmmaker presents their own, highly subjective viewpoint, we will explore auto-ethnographic methods to weave actions, memories, drawings and personal ephemera into short-form animation.

What ways can we present this animation to others in an exhibition context? Can all the ideas be contained within the single screen?

Rose Bond, Institute founder and director, is Professor and Department Chair of Animated Arts at PNCA. The Institute faculty is comprised of internationally renowned teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Participants of past Institutes have come to Portland from around the world.

The Institute offers participants an intensive hands-on exploration of animated installation as a medium and a site for investigation of moving image interdisciplinary practice.

Boundary Crossings explores animated spaces, expanded cinema and non-traditional screens. In addition to the studio program, the Boundary Crossings Institute offers artist talks and screenings and culminates with a public exhibition of animated installations created by participants during the two-week Institute.

Sabina Haque sitting down, working on an image on a mac computer

Participant Sabina Haque at her animation station. Boundary Crossings 2015


Rose Bond

Rose Bond

Rose Bond produces work at the juncture of animation, architecture, and the street. She has received honors from the American Film Institute, The Princess Grace Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her large-scale, site-specific installations navigate the allegories of place.

In 2012 she completed a prototype for a media installation in the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building. Other installations include Broadsided! at Exeter Castle, 2010; Intra Muros, shown during the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival and reprised for the Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht, 2008, and Nuit Blanche, Toronto 2011. 

She is an associate professor and leads Animated Arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Birgitta Hosea, PhD

Birgitta Hosea is an artist, animator and curator who works in the field of expanded animation. She was born in Edinburgh and now lives and works in London. She has worked in art direction, design for performance, web design, animation and as a Demonstration Artist for Adobe.

She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, has been the recipient of numerous awards and artists residencies and her work is included in the Tate Britain archive. Most recently she was artist-in-residence at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Azerbaijan and the School of Cinematic Arts, USC, Los Angeles. She curated Seeafar for Folkestone Triennial Fringe and Deptford X (UK), Shadow Voices for Yarat (Baku, Azerbaijan) and was part of the curatorial team for the UK Pavilion at the Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale (China). Recent exhibitions include The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Venice Biennale (Italy); Chatter, Cinematic Arts Gallery (Los Angeles, USA); Holographic Serendipity, Kinetica Art Fair (London, UK); Dans Ma Cellule une Silhouette (with Maryclare Foa), Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Ferme du Buisson (Paris, France); Out There in the Dark, Mix 23 Queer Experimental Film Festival (New York, USA).

She works as Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art, where she also supervises PhD students. Prior to this she was Course Director of MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). She writes for academic publications on drawing; digital materiality; animation; performance and liveness and keeps a blog at

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