A Conversation with Zimoun:
With and Between Contradictions
by Ann Albritton
Zimoun combines ordinary objects (including cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and old furniture) with mechanical components (such as dc-motors, wires, microphones, speakers, and ventilators) to create extraordinary hybrid sculptures that fuse the normative order of generative systems with the disorder of random events. When a visitor enters the space, sensors engage small motors that introduce movement and whirring sounds. The precise mechanics immediately bring to mind the watches and clocks of the artistís native Switzerland, but Zimounís works are very different. Once running, these quasi-autonomous creations play out complex patterns of behavior in which deviation and individuality balance determinism and repetition.
A self-taught artist from Bern, the Swiss capital, Zimoun has exhibited widely.