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Shift – Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani
August 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pmFree
Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani
Located within two, 20-foot shipping containers, Shift takes the form of a large-scale stereo system that engages with both seated audiences and passers-by. It is a collaboration between multidisciplinary artists Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani who have created a spatial-perceptual experience on The Bentway site, enabling audiences to perceive movement and motion in the absence of a visual component.
Shift features a sound composition that challenges notions of place and space through a series of audible instances of the Doppler effect. The audio is assembled from synthesizer fragments combined with original recordings of lakeside waves, a rolling thunderstorm, and radiation emissions of the planets and stars as recorded outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
Shift addresses both the history and future of The Bentway’s waterfront location. It asks audiences to place themselves within the conceptual shift that occurs as we explore the aural transition from landscape to atmosphere, and finally to the galaxy beyond. These sounds propel us through the natural landscapes that have played host to our long history, and towards a future that has existed for millennia. The city’s surrounding soundscape further contributes to the work, simultaneously grounding us to this particular time and place.
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Sanaz Mazinani is a contemporary artist who works primarily in photography, video, and large-scale installations. She obtained her undergraduate degree in photography from the Ontario College of Art & Design University, and an MFA from Stanford University where her research focused on the study of digital photographic propagation and its impact on representation and perception.
Mani Mazinani makes artworks in multiple media including installation, video, film, photography, painting, printmaking, multiples, sound, and music. His work directs attention to the physicality and logic of his subject medium. Mazinani’s works have been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia.