Swiss artist Zimoun isn't looking for fame or fortune, but he has quietly been gaining quite a following with his incredible sound installations. Documenting everything from the noise generated by worms devouring a lone piece of wood, to ants crawling on a pristine surface, to now creating a massive cardboard installation, Zimoun has mastered a way to harness inimitable sounds that capture and mimic nature through a manipulation of materials in construction and assembly.
Embodying carefully calculated architectural forms, each sculpture and installation manages to create a poetic investigation of the complex relationship between technology, processes, control and the organic. Many of the sounds are white noise produce by man-made materials, but in the mind’s eye they easily make reference to sounds occurring in nature – do you hear rain? A herd of cows grazing on open land? Or is it just a piece of cotton being swung around by a DC motor?
Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns. His latest sound installation uses 100-200 DC-motorized cardboard boxes. While the motors don’t move the boxes, they do move a collection of cotton balls and strings that in turn generate a distinct and unexpected noise. In unison the results are quite staggering to both the eye and ear.
Zimoun’s latest installation will be on view at Lydgalleriet in Bergen, Norway, through June 5. You can also watch the videos above and below to see his works in action.