Boundary Crossings 2015: an Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Portland, OR, United States
27 Jul 2015 - 07 Aug 2015

Boundary Crossings 2015: an Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts

View of Little Gods. Hybrid Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

(PNCA) Pacific Northwest College of Art’s biennial Institute in Animated Arts expands the universe of animation beyond the expected and known, and presents an educational approach for the multi-disciplinary integration of technologies, platforms and concepts for the moving image. The strands of study in this summer’s Institute are Animating Community and Ecology of Place.

Animation has long existed outside the codes and conventions of the studio cartoon. Traversing the terrain of time, space and form. Boundary Crossings is a two-week intensive institute open to working professionals, graduate and upper-level undergraduate students interested in a hands-on exploration of animated installation as a medium and a site for investigation of moving image interdisciplinary practice. Employing a range of techniques and approaches to animation, resultant works will be exhibited in a public exhibition on August 7, 2015. A basic knowledge of animation is required.

About Boundary Crossings 

PNCA’s biennial Boundary Crossings aims to foster innovation and creativity by exploring animated spaces, expanded screens, and cinema. This two-week institute embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.

With a faculty of internationally renowned teachers, scholars, and practitioners, the two-week institute includes hands-on making, intensive tutorials, skills-based learning, lectures and screenings, and theory and practice sessions. The goal is to provide an intensive experience of being on the cutting edge of animation and fine arts. Boundary Crossings culminates with a public exhibition of animated installations created during the two-week Institute.

Deadline: Rolling admission until Institute has filled.

Register online here.


About PNCA’s Animated Arts concentration

The Animated Arts concentration within the Media Arts major embraces the hybrid-moving image by combining fine art practice and digital technologies. At a time when the boundaries between live action, animation, painting, photography, illustration, and design are dissolving, an interdisciplinary fine art approach encourages students to re-imagine and create frame-based work for multiple contexts.

In addition to learning principles of animation, students can expect to experiment with a variety of media, production methods, and narrative strategies as they produce work for multiple or varied platforms. A history of animated arts will be taught in the context of a broad engagement with both cinema and fine art. Students will engage in research to probe and hone their ideas in a setting that values innovative thinking, risk taking, collaboration, and fine craftsmanship. The curriculum is structured with low walls in order to offer students from diverse disciplines expanded opportunities to pursue their own relationship to the creation of animated art.

About PNCA

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. Since 2008, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA recently moved into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, flagship of its new campus on Portland’s North Park Blocks.

July 27–August 7, 2015

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209



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