It was funnily coincidental that Rose Bond started her presentation by showing us her reels of hand-painted animation clear lead film. Having done similar work just a few weeks prior in my Experimental Film class really helped me connect with the process of when viewing her work.
Sadly, that’s where the similarities between me and Rose Bond end.
Her repertoire of work is quite impressive. From execution to scale, layout and even the themes.
The work is made even more astounding to me, especially on a technical level purely because she’s been doing this from long before a lot of modern conveniences were around.
The imagery she displays on buildings often are tied to the history of the building itself
Which I feel leads to a greater connection between the projection, the site and the audience.
A nice refresher from the usual more abstract or “3D’ style projections we’ve come to see often at various events in the recent past.
Another thing that she noted was that she much prefers the audio on the street mixing in with the crowd and harks to that as the experience as opposed to just the clean sound design from the work itself.
Considering all this it makes me wonder about Singapore’s potential for projection mapping.
Not that it’s under utilized, but with the wealth of history in Singapore, old buildings gone or still here. The types of projections done so far, have been while still enjoyable and quite stunning, not quite tapping into the potential of the buildings themselves. That is to say, whatever visuals they project on to one building, could very well be transferred to another without much significance being lost.
Especially with the recent push for the Arts, “real” or “not”, there is still support for it, and thus, opportunity for works of the aforementioned manner to emerge.
Tho, some would argue that it’s already begun, what with the recent projections on the old supreme court now turned National Gallery.
Lastly, I really enjoyed her Oregon Symphony collaboration work, Turangalila from 2017.
Both visually and aurally captivating, the visuals spilling forth from the walls, light bouncing around the symphonic swells.
It’s like Disney’s Fantasia /Fantasia 2000, both of which i enjoyed as a kid, but with Rose Bonds work, unconfined by the screen format.
It was just simply enjoyable.