186 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 60x60x60cm
DC-motors, cotton balls, filler wires, cardboard boxes 60x60x60cm, power supply. Dimensions: ⦰ 4.9m x 6.0m height / ⦰ 15 x 19.7 ft. Installation view: Musée des Beaux-Arts Rennes, France.
Curated by Electroni[k]. Studio production assisted by Ulf Kallscheidt and Matteo Taramelli. On-site production assisted by Matteo Taramelli, Thierry Poirier, Philippe Priour, Marine Robin, Audrey Rousseau, Juliette Babaud, Capucine Grou-Radenez, Alice Panziera, Paul Bienvault, Gilles Michenaud, Zoé Baudouin, Marie Deluen, Maxime Kerneis, Steven Akoun, Kevin Armangau, Mari-Lou Coquot, Nicolas Pelletier, Cloé De Ryck, Joris Furaut, Manuela Reynaud, Margaux Bompied, Charlotte Bresson, Corentin Lebris, Célia Richard and Marylou Pellegri. Photographies & video by Zimoun.
Supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, KulturStadtBern and Amt für Kultur des Kantons Bern.
«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
Compilation video: vimeo.com/7235817
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