Zimoun was born in Switzerland in 1977, lives and works in Bern and his work is being represented all over the world. Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. This swiss artist likes to create sound sculptures and architectural explorations that combine raw, industrial materials such as cardboard boxes, plastic bags, or old furniture, with mechanical elements such as dc-motors, wires, microphones, speakers and ventilators. 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.
Zimoun has been awarded different art prizes for his work and has exhibited internationally and residencies and has served as a guest lecturer. “Since a little kid I have been interested in exploring sound, playing instruments and creating compositions in addition to visual arts such as paintings, cartoons, photographs and so on,” Zimoun explains in an interview, “from a very early age I was fascinated and somehow obsessed by being active in all these fields; sound, music and visually realized projects. Now, through my sound sculptures and installations many of these interests are coming together.”
In this month his work will be exposed in 5 different countries like USA, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany and France.
From last year, the piece “ 198 prepared dc-motors, wire isolated, cardboard boxes 30x30x8cmwhich” features a strong sci-fi-looking white room of white boxes with motorized wires noisly on them to create an insect-like buzz that builds like rain water hitting a rooftop.
«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
In 2003, graphic designer Marc Beekhuis and Zimoun founded Leerraum, a platform for artists, designers or architects who explore forms and structures based on reductive principles and careful yet radical use of materials. Leerraum also publish small editions of cds, dvds and objects, and presents exhibitions, performances and events in collaboration with its artists.