Zimoun. Site Specific Kinetic Sound Installation at Knockdown Center, New York

The Swiss artist Zimoun is known for his kinetic sound installations that use simple and functional materials. For the 10,000 square foot atrium of the Knockdown Center in New York, Zimoun created an immersive site specific installation made of 250 motorized wood beams and ropes – Zimoun’s largest site-specific project in the US to date. Each wood beam cyclically strikes the floor, producing a sonic experience reverberating within the huge space.

The exhibition is titled Zimoun [KE]³. In conjunction with this monumental work Zimoun presented new projects at Bitforms Gallery in New York and Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University.

Zimoun was born in Switzerland in 1977. The artist lives and works in Bern. His work has been presented in solo and group shows as well as performances internationally. Zimoun has been awarded different art prizes and residencies and has served as a guest lecturer. In 2003 Zimoun co-founded Leerraum.ch – a platform publishing works which explore forms and structures based on reductive principles and systems.

Recent displays of his work include exhibitions at the Nam June Paik Art Museum in Korea; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Ringling Museum of Art, Florida; Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond; bitforms gallery New York; Kunsthalle Bern; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Liechtenstein; Fine Arts Museum Rennes; Art Basel; Galerie Denise René Paris; Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes; Contemporary Art Museum MNAC Bucharest; Beall Art Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts Bern; Museum of Contemporary Art MSUM, Ljubljana; National Art Museum, Beijing; Museum of Fine Arts Lugano; among others.

Zimoun [KE]³. Site Specific Kinetic Sound Installation at Knockdown Center, New York. March 8, 2015.

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