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20 prepared dc-motors, 81 cardboard boxes 70x70x70cm
Zimoun + Hannes Zweifel 2014

Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany
August 10 - September 21, 2014


Curated by Hortense Pisano and Martin Stather. Project Management by Ulf Kallscheidt. Studio production assisted by Janis Weidner, Benoît Villemont, Teddy Laure, Elisa Tangheroni, Matteo Taramelli and Ulf Kallscheidt. On-site production assisted by Volker Henze, David Brose, Eline Fleig, Heidi Rondak, Christian Fröhlich, Svea Frahseck, Lena Bausch, Karlheinz Weingärtner and Tobias Kropatsch. Video © Studio Zimoun.


«Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.» bitforms nyc

«The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». It‘s an artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviors in sound and motion. Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.» Tim Beck

«Zimoun creates complex kinetic sound sculptures by arranging industrially produced parts according to seemingly simple rules. Using motors, wires, ventilators, etc.., he creates closed systems that develop their own behavior and rules similarly to artificial creatures. Once running, they are left to themselves and go through an indeterminable process of (de)generation. These quasi autonomous creatures exist in an absolutely synthetic sphere of lifeless matter. However, within the precise, determinist systems creative categories suddenly reappear, such as deviation, refusal and transcience out of which complex patterns of behavior evolve.» Node10


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