96 DC-Motors Shaking
96 Cardboard Boxes

January 16, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Swiss artist Zimoun’s latest installation in the UK consists of 96 prepared dc-motors rattling wooden balls inside 96 cardboard boxes. Video above.

Zimoun according to bitforms gallery:

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.

But as whimsical as these rhythmically possessed boxes look, the sound art core of Zimoun’s practice is manifested better in this installation in Prague, as featured on Neural.

60 medical infusion sets, water, fire, metal sheets (2013) hisses, as the metal is eaten away by the drips from suspended medical equipment, commonly used for insulin. The textured soundscape created sounds like burning metal, thumping and hissing in a fugue.