ELI KESZLER, Northern Stair Projection
Boston City Hall
Friday, November 18, 2016

Non-Event and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture presents

Northern Stair Projection
Installation + live performance

Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter using Congress Street entrance)
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7:00 pm

Eventbrite - Eli Keszler – Northern Stair Projection (installation / performance)


In Northern Stair Projection, composer & percussionist Eli Keszler presents a sprawling installation, video projection, and live performance within Boston City Hall. The work uses long strands of piano wire to transmit recordings from the exterior, public spaces of Boston into the enormous interior space of this iconic, Brutalist structure. The wires will run hundreds of feet upward from the floor, terminating at various levels of height in the building. Video of the exterior spaces surrounding City Hall will be projected through the wires onto the space’s vast concrete walls. The work takes inspiration from the intent of City Hall’s architects, Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, to connect the public and governmental spaces, and to create a project which embodies their idea. 

“When we designed the City Hall, we envisioned not only a fragment of the city, but also a fragment in time. That is to say, we regarded the construction of the building to be the start of a process that would engage successive generations of the citizenry in the embellishment, decoration, and adornment of the robust armature that we had designed. This, to our great regret, has not happened and perhaps we were naïve. But we are naïve, and there is still time.” – Gerhard Kallmann & Michael McKinnell

The work will also feature a live performance by Eli Keszler in dialog with the sounds of the installation, which will be active for one night only, Friday, November 18, from 7-9pm.


ELI KESZLER is a Boston-born artist, composer and percussionist. His compositions and visual works examine the limits of instrumentation, notation, and space in its institutional, musical and public form.

Keszler’s sound installations, music and visual work have appeared at Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Carpenter Center for The Visual Arts (Harvard), Luma-Foundation, Tectonics Festival (Harpa Hall) Reykjavik, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Boston Center for the Arts, Barbican-St. Lukes and 3S Arts and Greater New York at MoMA PS1. His writing and work has appeared in Bomb Magazine, The New York Times, Wire Magazine, Frieze and Modern Painters. He has released solo records for ESP-Disk, Pan and REL Records with an upcoming release on Empty Editions from the Empty Gallery in Hong Kong. He has received commissions from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble and SO Percussion amongst others. Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and is a 2016 New York Foundations for The Arts Fellow. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

His latest record, Last Signs of Speed, will be released on November 17 on Empty Editions from the Empty Gallery in Hong Kong and will be available at the concert.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.