Zimoun constructs extraordinary, immersive sensory experiences using lo-fi technology, such as analogue motors connected to various functional objects, including wooden sticks, cardboard boxes, and tin foil. He creates chaos from underlying systems of order, exploring elements of biology, engineering, music, sound, and installation art. These minimalist, mechanized sculptures confront the viewer/listener with a unique and compelling visual soundscape, one that simultaneously evokes the urban experience while eliciting almost physical memories of natural sounds (rain, sandstorms, or wind).
“I explore simple systems which involve various complexities in sound and motion. Through primitive mechanical systems, I look to activate unspectacular and raw materials which then start to develop a complex behaviour. The sounds my installations produce are generated immediately through the activation of the materials themselves. In fact, I like to refer to my work as ‘Primitive Complexities.’”
Curated by Maya Allison, Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi, this landmark survey will mark the first time the artist has exhibited his work in the Gulf. The show will include a major new commission: an expansive, room-sized installation that will be unveiled on the opening night. The exhibition will also activate the Gallery’s Reading Room with multi-channel compositions from a record label project that Zimoun co-founded, Leerraum, (translated meaning ‘empty space’) which produces experimental music projects on CD, DVD, print, and sound objects, with nearly 100 works from 50 international artists and designers, illustrating once more the immersive nature of Zimoun’s work.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. His work has been presented internationally, highlights of which include the Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Santiago de Chile; Nam June Paik Art Museum Seoul; Kuandu Museum Taipei; Ringling Museum of Art Florida; Mumbai City Museum; National Art Museum Beijing; LAC Museum Lugano; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum MIS São Paulo; Kunsthalle Bern; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Le Centquatre Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Busan; Museum of Fine Arts MBAL; and Kunstmuseum Bern, among others. Learn more about Zimoun’s work here.
“The Sovereign Forest” is an ongoing multimedia installation that is a creative response to crime, politics, human rights, and ecological crisis.
The NYUAD Art Gallery presents "The Sovereign Forest" in a groundbreaking collaboration with Ishara Art Foundation which hosts Kanwar’s solo project "Such a Morning" from January 20 – May 20, 2020.
Curated by Emirati arts researcher Nasser Abdullah, "Intimaa: Belonging" will feature new commissions by UAE-based emerging artists who question their place in an era of globalization and how society has formed a unified existence that can be referred to as a ‘universal identity’