Zimoun at GAFFTA
GAFFTA, 55 Taylor Street , San Francisco CA 94102
Suggested donation at the door: $5 to $20
Swiss artist Zimoun has been compared to a watchmaker of self-reproducing time. His kinetic, sonic sculptures feature armies of mechanical entities that form worlds both uniform and chaotic; futuristic robot battallions and writhing, life-like beings desperate to break free. On Saturday, January 22, 2011, swissnex San Francisco and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) team up to present the artist’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco.
Bern-based Zimoun, who has riveted audiences in Europe, China, and North America, uses simple mechanical devices such as dc and vibration motors combined with other industrial flotsam—speaker arrays, ventilators, PVC hoses, and metal wire—arranged in seemingly simple patterns.
Inspired by the sciences of generative systems, robotics, and swarm behaviors, he prepared for his San Francisco exhibition by spending time with the Artifical Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich and the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne, where researchers study the behavior of ants.
The art and technology festival Ars Electronica has noted of Zimoun, “The clean, elegant sound sculptures combine visual, sonic, and spatial elements in an organically balanced artwork. Using simple and well-conceived mechanical systems, Zimoun’s work transforms and activates the space."
In addition to the GAFFTA show, Zimoun performs live with Jim Haynes at swissnex San Francisco on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, co-presented by 23five, Incorportated.
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Born in Switzerland in 1977, Zimoun is an autodidact residing in Bern. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows and he has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America in venues such as the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland, Bitforms, in New York, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, Transmediale in Berlin, ISEA Singapore, and Elektra in Montreal.
Zimoun recently received an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica 2010. He’s taken part in everal residencies and served as a guest lecturer at the Zurich University for the Arts (ZHdK), the Geneva University for Art and Design (HEAD), and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
In 2003, he and graphic designer Marc Beekhuis founded Leerraum [ ], a label, networking hub, and platform for creative exchange among artists. He often collaborates with other artists as well as experts in related fields, for example with the University of Zurich’s AI Lab, Daniel Imboden of Dim-Tech, Pe Lang, and Helena Gough.
Praise for Zimoun’s work