Kind Ness

Visual Art and Installation

About the Production

Every man-made environment throughout human history reflects its world and its times: the choice of materials, the methods of craftsmanship, the kind of light created in that environment, the quantity of light, the texture, the temperature, the olfactory qualities, the scale of the environment in relationship to human beings, all speak of the culture and beliefs of that world. It is an equivalent, a sensory experience of its particular zeitgeist. A contemporary gallery space, being a man-made environment of a particular time, has all the above mentioned attributes. Kind Ness is an installation that is a collision of environments: between the zeitgeist implicit in the gallery space at the List Visual Art Center (man-made, technological, mid-twentieth century) with a space of an organic, primal, mysterious nature. Two superimposed rooms, one on top of the other seen through a cutaway slit in the wall suggest a dialogue, a tension of opposites but also a relationship to be contemplated.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived by

Ping Chong

Curated by

Katy Kline

Performance History


The August and Vera List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Cambridge, MA (1985)


The Massachusetts Institute for Technology


The New York Program of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities