ZIMOUN

b. 1977, Bern, Switzerland
Lives and works in Bern, Switzerland

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. With an extreme sensitivity to location and rhythmic potential, Zimoun produces works that evoke control, humor, absence, and nature. Highly ordered systems of movement are derived from simple and low-tech means.

At the center of Zimoun’s practice is study of vibrational microstructures. Both sonically and visually, units of pulsing activity form the basis of his compositions, whose timing and contours are determined site-specifically. Blank zones of play are constructed, and set into motion by the elements of gravity, resistance, chance, and repetition. In his sculpture and installations, scale becomes a tool of amplification or visual multiplication, as he adapts each system to a particular context.

A self-taught artist based in Switzerland, Zimoun has been honored by numerous residencies and grants, including Bundesamt für Kultur / BAK and the Aeschlimann Corti Award. Also recognized by Ars Electronica and the Swiss Art Awards, his work has been presented in exhibitions and performances in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and South America. In 2003, Zimoun and graphic designer Marc Beekhuis founded Leerraum [ ], a platform for creative exchange among artists, designers, and architects– particularly those exploring structures based on reductive principles and careful, yet radical, use of materials.

His work has been exhibited and performed on five continents. Past displays have included the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Vasarely Fondation, Aix-en-Provence; Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel; Nam June Paik Art Museum, Korea; Ringling Museum of Art, Florida; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; Museum of Contemporary Art, Liechtenstein; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes; Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes; Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond; Kunsthalle Bern; Museum of Fine Arts, Bern; bitforms gallery, New York; Galerie Denise René, Paris; Oboro Gallery, Montreal; National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Beall Art Center, Los Angeles; List Art Center, Brown University, Providence; CUNY Graduate Center, New York; Kunstverein, Mannheim; Metropolitan Arts Center, Belfast; Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM), Ljubljana; Art Basel, Switzerland; and the Museo d’Art, Lugano; among others.

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