CONVERGENCE MACHINE (installation)


  • THEMUSEUM 10 King St W Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A3 Canada
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Opening June 5, THEMUSEUM, 10 King St W, Kitchener, ON

CONVERGENCE MACHINE: Sandor Ajzenstat

If I’m walking along a street with someone whose legs are longer than mine, we will not often take our steps at the same time. Our legs need to move at different speeds so we can walk side by side. As we walk however, occasionally both our right legs will step down at the same instant. Our movements become momentarily aligned.

Convergence Machine explores this idea of momentary alignment. It uses patterns of lights cycling at different speeds. The piece counts down, get- ting to zero at the moment of alignment. By pushing a button and turning a dial, you can adjust when the alignment will occur.

The term “convergence” in the title suggests that while the light patterns aren’t in phase with each other, they’re always on a trajectory toward the point in time when they’ll be in momentary alignment. It’s as though the patterns are always converging toward these moments.  - Sandor Ajzenstat

Open Ears and THEMUSEUM present CONVERGENCE MACHINE

Wednesday ..................10am - 9pm

Thursday ......................10am - 4pm

Friday ...........................10am - 4pm

Saturday .......................10am - 5pm

Sunday ........................10am - 5pm

Meet the artists and learn about the work at THESKINNY, June 7th at 230 pm.

Sandor Ajzenstat—Artist Statement

“When I was young, my family and I would often visit the grandparents by bus. On rainy days, my attention would be drawn to the windshield wipers. On buses, each wiper is on a separate motor and they often don’t move together in synchronization. As a boy I was curious about the relationship between asynchronously moving objects. I loved to watch the wipers, sometimes seeming to be caught up with one another, and at other times seeming to by working independently. This fascination forms the conceptual basis behind my work.”

Sandor Ajzenstat studied at the Ontario College of Art (1979–84) under Udo Kasemets, Norman White and Nobuo Kubota, developing an interest in sound sculpture and computer technology in art. He has exhibited works in Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland, as well as in New York City and Vienna. He has designed sound sculpture for radio, recorded and broadcast by CBC, 94.1 FM. His works have been written up in The Globe & Mail, Vanguard Magazine, Ear Magazine, Eye Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, and Musicworks The Journal of Sound Exploration.

Accreditation – Convergence Machine

Sandor Ajzenstat (2005)
fibreglass, plexiglas, vinyl, electronics. 29” X 29” X 36” Voice by Deborah Moss

This work was made possible with support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and from the Government of Lower Austria Department for Culture & Science.