Various vibrating materials, Zimoun
2h 22m, sound loop

Various vibrating materials is a sound work edited by Zimoun in 2020 and based on various microscopic recordings of different materials which have been set under vibration, collected and processed by the artist to build a new composition. The work has no narrative but it can be listened as a "situation", a "moment" or a "space". It is characterized by an organic and primordial sound, like a burning fire or a blowing wind. A soundscape that moves away from its real mechanical and technological nature to solicit the mind's eye, the imagination. The piece is made up of imperceptible changes, slow variations that can be perceived as the changes in natural light that settles on a sculpture and gradually changes as the day goes by. With every slight variation that occurs within the microstructures of the work and its psychoacoustic elements, even our perception delicately migrates.
Various vibrating material is set up in loop. Headphones recommended.

(b. 1977, Switzerland) lives and works in Bern. Zimoun is known for his installative, generally site-specific, immersive works. He employs mechanical principles of rotation and oscillation to put materials into motion and thus produce sounds. For this he principally uses simple materials from everyday life and industrial usage, such as cardboard, DC motors, cables, welding wire, wooden spars or ventilators. For his works Zimoun develops small apparatuses which, despite their fundamental simplicity, generate a tonal and visual complexity once activated – particularly when a large number of such mechanical contraptions, generally hundreds of them, are united and orchestrated in installations and sculptures. Zimoun’s works continually embrace oppositional positions, such as the principles of order and chaos. In addition to his installative compositions, he also develops purely acoustic works.
His work has been presented internationally. Recent displays of his work include exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery London; Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Santiago de Chile; Nam June Paik Art Museum Seoul; Kuandu Museum Taipei; Art Museum Reina Sofia Madrid; Ringling Museum of Art Florida; Mumbai City Museum; National Art Museum Beijing; LAC Museum Lugano; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum MIS São Paulo; Muxin Art Museum Wuzhen; Kunsthalle Bern; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Le Centquatre Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Busan; Museum of Fine Arts MBAL; Kunstmuseum Bern; Museum Collection Lambert Avignon; among others.

21 January - 20 February 2021

OTO SOUND MUSEUM constitutes in a collection of sound works. The recognition and conservation of works of intangible nature is one of the missions that characterized the museum since its foundation. The presentation of soundscapes in the museum marks their entry into the collection, which also becomes an archive for consultation available to anyone interested, including researchers, curators or institutions.

Various vibrating materials, 2020
Zimoun (1977, Switzerland)

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