Swiss sound and visual artist Zimoun creates minimalist kinetic structures that vary from large-scale architectural installations to playful assemblages of ordinary objects. Using machines such as tiny DC motors and modest mass-produced materials, Zimoun’s works explore the interplay between symmetry and chaos to create sounds that appear to emanate from the natural world. For 30,000 plastic bags, 16 ventilators (2010) Zimoun aimed 16 industrial fans at a layered mass of crinkled, wall-mounted plastic bags, resulting in a literal wall of sound.
«Zimoun is best compared to a watchmaker of a self-reproducing time constructing his own gauging station.» Radjo Monk
«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