Discipline: Film/Video – experimental

Kinda Hassan

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental
Region: FRANCE
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Kinda Hassan is a Lebanese multimedia artist who works with video and sound among other art forms. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon where she worked until 2013, her work often responds to experiences in the city. She completed her M.F.A. at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and her sound design master’s degree at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts.

Her works have been exhibited and screened at various festivals, museums, and art galleries. In her latest works, she experiments with the relationship between sound and the space in which it is diffused. She explores acoustics and the phenomena of resonance and weaves them into her sound work. She is currently prototyping a monochord, an automatized instrument that responds to "infra-thin" variations in data it captures and then translates into sound.

At MacDowell in 2022, Kinda elaborated on a proposal for a sound installation project, building an orchestra of automated instruments that are both the exhibited work and its creators. She also made sound recordings and started composing a piece that is, in a way, a sonic portrait of MacDowell as a space (no people were recorded). She plans to use these compositions and soundscapes to compose her next electro-acoustic piece that will be performed in March 2023 in the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Departemental de Pantin, in France. She has also digitized some old MiniDV tapes, discovering images dating back to 2006 and might revisit these images in a future work she's starting to construct.

Portrait by Floy Krouchi



Kinda Hassan worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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