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Major Project: Zimoun

Context for motorised artworks

Meetfactory, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013

«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.» Laura Blereau

  • His practiced is formed of installations and site specific works that are incredibly immersive - often filling the entire room.

  • Mechanical principles are used such as the rotation or oscillation of materials - where different objects such as felt balls are activated and put into motion - focusing on the sound they make when they come into contact with other materials.

  • He often uses DC motors, cardboard boxes and cabling.

  • These appear very scientific - like stepping into a laboratory - with small apparatuses that appear very simplistic

  • The works become activated when multiple repeated and reproduced motorised sculptures are places together - creating a crescendo effect of noise

  • It would be interesting to consider how my own work could be activated if there are multiple moving components striking one piece - or a combination of installations of multiple pieces - I can consider various options for creating more varied sound

  • Artwork titles remain very simplistic - being just a list of the materials used - this adds to the scientific approach of the work but loses any kind of metaphorical or poetic reading of the work.

  • His artwork is described as embracing 'oppositional positions' such as order and choas - such as how perfectly positioned each object is but as the motors run the movement is disordered and messy - this adds an exciting friction to the artworks.

Zimoun also develops purely acoustic works. Although the two genres – visual, un-controlled, accidental compositions and musical compositions for sound recording and performance that are laboriously constructed in the studio – may seem quite different at first, both emerge from the artist’s interest in creating spaces and acoustic states which are composed of microscopically small sounds and noises.

Text by Ulf Kallscheidt. Translation by Aoife Rosenmeyer. Sikart Lexicon.

Zimoun : 198 prepared dc-motors, wire isolated, cardboard boxes 30x30x8cm, 2012

  • Minimalist approach to making - minimal tones and repetitive working process

  • Large scale installation create an immersive experience

Zimoun : 200 prepared dc-motors, wooden sticks 2.4m, 2016

  • Combination of different materials and forms - very scientific in his approach to making

  • Creates a sense of space between works and architecture

Zimoun : 97 polysiloxane hoses 3.0mm, compressed air, 2010

  • All parts of the curation have been considered - especially when it comes to lighting - I could explore ways in which I make use of lighting to pin point key areas of an installation ...



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