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Hear & Now

Apr 24 – Jul 15 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Sarkowsky Hall

Hear & Now is a collaborative kinetic sound sculpture. The work was created by internationally celebrated artist, composer, and musician Trimpin in collaboration with Path with Art student artists who have lived experience of homelessness. This music machine is situated on an antique hand-pulled wagon originally built by Trimpin’s father in Germany. The work blends sculpture, poetry, electronic composition and performance with the aim to “unpack” the human experiences encompassed in homelessness. In Trimpin’s words, the piece is “a metaphor for being in constant transition.”

Trimpin composed a number of scores based on notations and recordings developed in workshops with the student artists.

Viewers activate the sculpture by pressing the play button situated next to the object.

Hear & Now is free and accessible to all in the museum’s First and Union entrance lobby. Following its installation at the Seattle Art Museum, it will be on view at two additional venues. For more information, visit

About Path with Art

Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability. We envision a world where arts engagement is recognized as transformative - connecting the individual with self, the self with community, and communities with society. In this world, the power of arts engagement is available for all.

Image: Installation view of Hear & Now at Seattle Art Museum, 2019, photo: Natali Wiseman.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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