Christiana Rose is an interdisciplinary new media artist based out of Colorado. Her work interweaves the disciplines of sound, interactivity, video, as well as acrobatic and aerialist movements. She designs, builds, and programs new musical interfaces for contemporary circus artists. Her most recent project, SALTO (Sensory Aerialist eLectroacoustic inTerface) is undergoing its second phase of software development. SALTO is an interactive system for musical expression for dance trapeze artists. She conducts research in performance studies on the histories and critical dialogues within the fields of kinesonic composition, viewer perception, and experimental cinema.
Her initial work in this field premiered in an evening length work titled, append, at Oberlin College in October 2015. In January 2016, Rose was a recipient of the Bernard XARTS fund. This grant funded the research, development, and exhibition of A Laughing Matter, an interactive video-art installation, which was publicly installed at The Hive in London, England. Her film work has been a finalist in several film festivals, including the Trinity Film Festival and Insane Animation Film Festival. For the American Skin, she won the Oberlin College Cinema Studies Award for Outstanding Documentary Film. Her compositions have been performed at the Threshold Music Festival, Playfest, and Dazzle Jazz Club. In 2015, Rose received a full scholarship to attend a week-long program focused on the development of new musical interfaces at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies and a Bachelor of Music in Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. She has studied composition and computer music with Aurie Hsu, Peter Swendsen, Lyn Goeringer, Tom Lopez, Josh Levine, and Aaron Helgeson. In 2014, she graduated from the filmmaking program at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic. She has studied contemporary circus at Circus Warehouse (NY) and graduated from MOTH Contemporary Circus Center’s Professional Training Program in 2018 (CO). She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Digital Musics at Dartmouth College (NH).