This project is the largest in a series of ongoing installations which calls attention to the disjunction between what we know and what we experience. Our work examines the ways in which space can be determined, activated and reinterpreted specifically using mediums that are perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience, namely sound and light.
What is our goal?
Our goal with Suspended Sound, Stair is to challenge peoples’ perception of a particularly reverberant stairwell by creating a gradient of sound absorption and visual opacity. The top floor will be acoustically insulated relative to the first floor of the stairwell, which will remain acoustically reflective. This will be achieved by suspending multiple layers of semi-transparent fabric from a metal structure which will be mounted at the top of the void in the stairwell. As one climbs up the staircase, the accumulated layers of fabric grow increasingly opaque. During the day, light will stream into the space from the skylight at the top of the stairwell enabling the fabric to act as a filter.
Where will it be installed?
The site is located in the north stairwell of Gund Hall on Harvard University’s campus. We are particularly attracted to it because of its superior resonant quality. It is also unique in that all five levels are connected by a continuous vertical shaft adjacent to the stairs themselves.
How will the funds be used?
We are really excited about deploying this piece, but we need your help! If successful, the funds we receive will be put towards the purchase of a large quantity of fire rated semi-transparent fabric that will be suspended in the space. They will also contribute to the cost of fabrication of the metal structure from which the fabric will hang.
The funding of this project will make it possible for us to complete our first project as a formal collaborative, Melissa Kit and Helena (mk+H). www.mkandh.com
How far along is our project?
We are currently in the process of selecting fabric for the piece as well as designing the supporting structure and assembly. The piece will be installed at the beginning of May 2012 and will remain in place for a period of several weeks.
What are the rewards?
A beautifully and delicately crafted collage of the installation using the actual fabric that will have been used in Suspended Sound, Stair.
$100+ and $250+
Either a digital or physical copy of our book, entitled Spatio-Phenomenal Intervention: sculpting the ephemeral.
The book compiles the work of artists, composers/musicians, and architects who utilize ephemeral mediums such as light, sound, and air, to create atmospheric, sensory phenomena that enhance attention within an environment or architectural space. It organizes these works into a cohesive group, what we have coined “spatio-phenomenal interventions “(SPIs). Rather than breaking down the work into categories by medium, the book groups individual pieces by the specific methodology--contrast, deprivation, re-definition, and displacement--used to engage the body in relation to space.
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