2020年11月10日

Zimoun : 1944 prepared dc-motors, mdf panels 72x72 cm, metal discs Ø 8 cm, 2020


1944 prepared dc-motors, mdf panels 72x72 cm, metal discs Ø 8 cm

Zimoun 2020



Installation view: Warehouse Jaeger-LeCoultre, Geneva, Switzerland

This installation was commissioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre and produced in collaboration with Tetro.



https://www.zimoun.net



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1944 small motors put the same number of thin metal discs into rotating movements. These movements produce sounds as well as strong visual characteristics and structures. The sounds are created by the friction of the metal discs on their base. Each metal disc rotates in its own individual cycle and rhythm. This results in complex visual and acoustic overlays and cyclical shifts. The resulting noise and visual effects are very lively and in constant change in their microstructures, reminding some of us of phenomena from nature. 




All the motors are supplied with the same current. This would cause all motors to rotate at the same speed, theoretically. But practically, since all the wires on which the metal discs are placed on are handmade, each of these wires is slightly different. These differences let the rotations of the discs differ from each other and due to this slight variations the discs move individually. Some lie flatter on the panel, others rotate faster. This creates a complex individuality and each element develops its own characteristics. This individuality affects both the visual and acoustic properties of this work. The simultaneous simplicity in function and the resulting complexity in behaviour is a central particularity of Zimoun's work. 




The discs, all moving at different speeds, reflect the light in certain positions. This results in a kind of flickering, similar to the effect we know from water surfaces. «The discs seem to appear and dissolve again and it feels as if movements spread over the whole surface of the work and interact with each other. It shows us how we construct our alleged reality ourselves. We begin to relate things to each other and can recognise apparent interactions. In fact, these relationships and complex processes only occur in our minds.» as Zimoun describes. Standing in front of the work, it feels almost digital, although at the same time there is a strong reference to the physical materials.



Zimoun develops and realises his works together with his team of assistants in the studio in Bern, Switzerland. For more than 15 years now, Studio Zimoun has been following a strict recycling and minimal-waste policy, reusing the materials used over and over again to be manipulated, modified and reintroduced in new works. For the first time in use are the metal discs, which come from the Jaeger-LeCoultre production site. «We discovered this material during a visit to the Jaeger- LeCoultre workshops. I was immediately attracted by the beautiful roughness, the very thin texture and the visual variations of this material. I liked the idea of integrating into this new work a raw material that is normally used in the production of Jaeger-LeCoultre's watches. After a series of tests and experiments in the studio, we decided on this type of material, its thickness and size.» says Zimoun.



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Further Information and Works:

Compilation video: https://www.vimeo.com/7235817

Next exhibitions: https://www.zimoun.net/exhibitions

Website: https://www.zimoun.net


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studiozimoun/





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