Hana Kassem and Spencer Topel: Ensemble
Ensemble is an immersive art experience that explores the spatial and acoustic resonance of our surrounding environment. Here the installation itself is a space-defining instrument, featuring a series of 17 “reeds” constructed of hollow steel pipes of varying heights. As visitors engage with and move around the field of reeds, their gentle movement activates sound-triggering elements which resonate through the chambers of the pipes. They range in tone quality and volume based on the reed’s height and positioning to create a collective soundscape and a constantly shifting environment. The reeds represent the color of the sky at different times of day and along the seasons—at times standing out against the expansive sky, at other times disappearing into the blue. Ever-changing, both acoustically and visually, Ensemble is never experienced in the same manner twice.
Hana Kassem is an artist and architect, born in Beirut and based in New York City with more than 20 years of experience in the field of architecture and design. Central to her work is the notion that design is human-centric, multi-sensorial, and experiential, with impact at the physical, cognitive, and emotional levels. Equally essential to her investigations is the circular notion that we affect our environments and in return these environments affect us.
Spencer Topel is an American artist combining sound, installation, and performance. His practice is often characterized as an exploration between sculpture and musical instruments, expressed in a variety of works ranging from site-specific installations to performance art pieces.