Swiss-based artist Zimoun is a global force in the conception and implementation of sound installations that combine everyday utilitarian objects like cardboard boxes and plastic bags with technologies associated with automation, amplification and ventilation. Like John Cage, whom he cites as an early influence, Zimoun sees his work less as an articulation of materials than as a fusion of ideas and processes.
In a 2011 Ear Room interview with UK sound artist Mark Peter Wright, Zimoun speaks of a childhood fascination with playing instruments and creating compositions in addition to visual arts such as paintings, cartoons, photographs and so on a fascination that required ever larger environments to support his various artistic interests. Now, through my sound sculptures and installations, many of these interests are coming together.
For Zimouns current exhibition, presented at Contemporary Calgary in conjunction with Beakerhead, the artist offers a work whose title is constructed from the names of its materials. 370 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 71x71x71cm (2014) is just that, but with an aura that suggests the kind of overtone associated with an artwork that does not just stand there waiting to be experienced, but transcends the sum of its parts.