Curriculum Vitae

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

Zimoun lives and works in Bern. His work has been presented internationally. Recent displays of his work include exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Santiago de Chile; Nam June Paik Art Museum Seoul; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Taipei; Ringling Museum of Art Florida; Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum Mumbai; National Art Museum Beijing; LAC Art Museum Lugano; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum MIS São Paulo; Kunsthalle Bern, Le Centquatre Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Museum of Fine Arts MBAL Le Locle; among others.


Selected Exhibitions 2005 - 2019
* = Solo Exhibitions
2019 Museum of Contemporary Art MAC, Santiago, Chile. *
Figge Art Museum, Daveport, Iowa, USA. *
2018 Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Republic of Korea. *
Telefónica, Lima, Peru. *
2017 Museum of Contemporary Art Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland. *
Le Centquatre, Paris, France. *
Rå Hal, Capital of Culture, Aarhus, Denmark. *
2016 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
Museum Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy. *
Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland. *
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai, India. *
Museum of Fine Arts, Thun, Switzerland.
Calgary Contemporary, Calgary, Canada. *
Contemporary Art Museum MAC, Santiago de Chile.
BIAN Biennale, Montreal, Canada.
2015 LAC Art Museum, Lugano, Switzerland. *
Knockdown Center NYC, New York, USA. *
bitforms gallery NYC, New York, USA. *
Central for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium. *
MOTA Museum, Lublijana, Slovenia. *
Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.
2014 National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
Museum of Fine Arts, Lugano, Switzerland. *
Beall Art Center, Los Angeles, USA. *
Kunstverein Mannheim, Germany. *
2013 Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Republic Korea.
Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes, France. *
Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, USA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes, France. *
Le Centquatre, Paris, France.
2012 Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.
Nam June Paik Museum, Soeul, Republic Korea.
Museum MIS São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil. *
Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.
MSUM Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia. *
bitforms gallery, New York, USA. *
2011 The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota FL, USA. *
Contemporary Art Museum MNAC, Bucharest, Romania. *
GAFTA Art Space, San Francisco, USA. *
Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway. *
Galerie Denise René, Paris, France. *
Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland. *
List Art Center, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, USA.
Mois Multi Arts Center, Québec City, Canada.
2010 Museum of Contemporary Art Liechtenstein. *
Museum Vasarely' Fondation, Aix en Provence, France.
Arts Center Vooruit, Gent, Belgium. *
La Rada, Locarno, Switzerland. *
Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2010, Venezuela.
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany.
2009 Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
bitforms gallery, NYC, USA.
2008 Miller Fine Art Center, Mcminnville, USA.
Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland.
2006 Stadtgalerie, Bern, Switzerland. *
2005 Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland.
Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
Tonus Labor, Bern, Switzerland. *

Live Performances

Selected live Performances 2004 - 2018  
2018 Gnration, Blackbox, Braga, Portugal.
2017 Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark.
Orbital Garden Laboratory, Bern, Switzerland.
Dampfzentrale Bern, Switzerland.
Orbital Garden Laboratory, Bern, Switzerland.
2016 Museum Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy.
Orbital Garden, Bern, Switzerland.
2015 Knockdown Center NYC, USA.
Dampfzentrale Bern, Switzerland.
2013 Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, Switzerland.
Headfun, Presences Electroniques, Geneva, Switzerland.
2012 List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, USA.
Störung Festival, Barcelona, Spain.
2011 Nuit Blanche Art Festival, New York, USA.
Mois Multi, Québec, Canada.
Tonus Labor, Bern, Switzerland.
Weltecho Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany.
Swissnex, San Francisco, USA.
2010 Drake Underground / Yatra Arts Toronto, Canada.
Tonus Labor Bern, Switzerland.
R3s3t, Bern, Switzerland.
2009 Transmediale, Berlin, Germany.
2008 Elektra Festval, Montreal, Canada.
Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Elektroni[k] Festival,Rennes, France.
Tag, Den Haag, the Netherlands.
Yatra Arts / Interacess, Toronto, Canada.
Blurred Edges Festival, Hamburg, Germany.
Ausland, Berlin, Germany.
Kornhaus, Bern, Switzerland.
RH Studio, New York, USA.
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany.
Casa del Popolo, Montreal, Canada.
Institute for Advanced Studies, Philadephia, USA.
Monkey Town, New York, USA.
Melkweg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
2007 Lmak Projects, New York, USA.
Dissonanze Festival, Roma, Italy.
Zentrale Randlage, Berlin, Germany.
Theatre L'L, Bruxelles/Brussels, Belgium.
Kulturbunker Mühlheim, Cologne, Germany.
Festival de Marseille, Marseille, France.
Hörbar, Hamburg, Germany.
Intro, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Hamilton Arts Collective, Baltimore, USA.
2006 Kunstraum, Aarau, Switzerland.
osc/8 Festival, Geneva, Switzerland.
ACAF, Alexandria, Egypt.
Jesuit Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 Gallery Wandelbar, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland.
Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland.
2004 DDM Gallery, Shanghai, China.
Yan Art Space, Beijing, China.
Mokka, Thun, Switzerland.
Tonus Labor, Bern, Switzerland.

Public Collections & Permanent Works

Museum of Fine Arts, Lugano, Switzerland.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Contemporary Art Museum MAC Santiago de Chile.
Museum of Fine Arts, Thun, Switzerland.
Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.
Museum of Contemporary Art Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland.
Villa Datris, L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, France.
Raja Art Collection, France.
Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy.
Art Collection Canton Bern, Switzerland.
Public Art, City of Bern, Switzerland.
Private collections.

Workshops & Lectures

2018 Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal.
2017 Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark.
2016 Aarhus University, Denmark.
Contemporary Art Museum MAC, Santiago de Chile.
2015 The New School NYC, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, New York, USA.
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finnland.
Stony Brook University, New York, USA.
Hochschule für Musik, Basel, Switzerland.
2014 St Joost Art Academy, Breda, The Netherlands.
University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.
i2a International Institute for Architecture, Lugano, Switzerland.
École supérieure d'arts & medias de Caen, France.
2013 Resonante Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.
ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.
School of Fine Arts Rennes, France.
Bern University of the Arts (HKB), Switzerland.
2012 Brown University, Providence, USA.
2011 University of California, Berkeley, USA.
New College of Florida, Sarasota, USA.
Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, USA.
Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland.
Swissnex, San Francisco, USA.
University of Edinburgh, Inspace, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Disco Impossible, Zürich, Switzerland.
2010 Ontario College of Art & Design & Yatra Arts Toronto, Canada.
Osage Gallery, Soho Art Space, Hong Kong, China.
Node10, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Störung Festival, Barcelona, Spain.
2009 EMS, Institute for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden.
2008 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.
Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland.
School of Fine Arts Rennes, France.
2007 ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.


2016 Oren Ambarchi + Zimoun «18.58» [] (5.1 composition).
Zimoun «28.34» [] (5.1 composition).
2015 Richard Garet + Zimoun «21.21» [] (5.1 composition).
2010 Zimoun «feat. Helena Gough» [] (5.1 dvd).
2008 Mahmoud Refat, Pe Lang + Zimoun «Statics III» [] (4.1 dvd).
Asher + Zimoun «Untitled Movement» [] (5.1 dvd).
Fourm + Zimoun «Primary Structures» [] (5.1 dvd).
2007 Zimoun feat. Mik Keusen «Prepared I» [] (cd).
Kenneth Kirschner + Zimoun «July 29, 2004 (4.1)» (4.1 dvd).
Leerraum [ ] «Sound Contributions I» [] (5.1 dvd).
2006 Zimoun «Kabel 0.1/0.2» [] (cd).
Mahmoud Refat, Pe Lang + Zimoun «Statics II» [] (cd).
Mahmoud Refat + Zimoun «Statics I» [] (cd).
2005 Fm3 + Zimoun «live 19.06.2004» [] (cd).
2004 Zimoun «Nå» [] (cd).
2003 Zimoun «Flachland» [] (cd).
Zimoun «Viskos» [] (cd).
Zimoun «Drums» [] (cd).
2002 Zimoun «Momental» [ammoniac-music records] (cd).


Selected Bibliography 2017-2002  
Maud Pelegrin, «Zimoun / Mécaniques Remontées», L’Insatiable, July 12, 2017, French. [download]

Karine Tissot «Zimoun - la musique, ce n’est pas seulement ce qu’on entend, mais tout ce qui se passe», ARTPASSIONS Nr.50, June 2017, French. [download]

Bhanuj Kappal «Buzz in the word», The Hindustan Times, November 19, 2016, English. [download]

Jan Arsen «Zimoun dances with space, material and mechanics in an exhibition at galerie soon», Widewalls Online Magazine, February 2016, English. [download]

«Zimoun | real materials», Daily Metal, January 08, 2016, English. [download]

Imago Mundi «Helvetia Contemporary Artists from Switzerland»
Luciano Benetton Collection, Fabrica, 2015. ISBN 978-88-98764-63-1

Raffaele Quattrone «Zimoun. Aesthetic Soundings»,
Wall Street International, April 30, 2015, English. [download]

Kemy Lin «Kinetic Energy Transforms Humble Materials into Minimalist Drums»,
Hyperallergic, March 11, 2015, English. [download]

«Wooden poles randomly strike the ground at Zimoun's installation in New York»,
Dezeen Magazine, February 2015, English. [download]

Sami Emory «I Disappeared in the Music and Motors of Zimoun's Low-Tech Labyrinth»,
the creators project, February 2015, English. [download]

«Kinetic sculpture by Swiss installation artist Zimoun on view at bitforms gallery»,
Art Daily, February 2015, English. [download]

Ro Seongja «Zimoun: Resonating Space, Morphing Sounds, Interview, Space Magazine,
January 2015, English/ Korean [download]

Alexander Scholz «Zimoun - Motor Cities», Holo 1, Holo Magazine,
softcover 220 pages, 2014, English. ISSN 2292-0916.

Guido Comis & Cristina Sonderegger «Zimoun - 36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing
chips, 956 prepared dc-motors, 60 medical infusion sets,…»,
Edizioni Sottoscala, Art Museum Lugano, softcover 40 pages, 2014,
English/Italian ISBN 978-88-95471-20-4.

Lydia Dartsch «Klingende Kisten», Rheinneckarblog, August 2014, German.

Christel Heybrock «Es kratzt und schabt, es wogt und rumpelt»,
Morgenweb, August 2014, German. [download]

Anna Iliff «Lend An Ear», Orange County Register, March 2014, English.

Jeanne R. Lee «Zimoun», Art Scene, February 2014, English.

Kyle Weik «Sound Art at Beall», New University, February 2014, English.

Virgilio Soria «Arquitecturas existenciales», CRYe Digital Capture Magazine #4,
March 2014, Spanish.

Jeannie R. Lee «Zimoun», ArtScene, February 2014, English.

Kyle Vanhemert «An Art Piece That Looks Like It Breathes, Thanks to 43 Motors»,
Wired Magazine, February 2014, English.

KMB M.Frehner & A. Haldemann «Feu Sacré», softvover 220 pages,
Kunstmuseum Bern / BKG, 2013, German/French, ISBN 978-3-86859-254-2

Anais Carayon «Zimoun», Brain Magazine Paris, September 2013. French.

Marco Raino «Sound Spaces», Abitare Magazine, August 2013.

Ann Albritton «A Conversation with Zimoun: With and between
Contradictions», Sculpture Magazine (ISC), April 2013. [download]

Neja Tomsic & Martin Bricelj Baraga «Outer Views»,
softcover 200 pages, MoTA Museum, 2013, English
ISBN 978-9-612-81018-4

N.Collins, M.Schedel, S.Wilson «Electronic Music», hardcover,
227 pages, Cambridge University Press, 2013, English.
ISBN 978-1-107-01093-2

Dominique Moulon «SOUND ART@ZKM, MAC & 104», Digitalarti Mag #12,
January 2013, French/English.

«x_sound: John Cage, Name June Paik and After», NJP Art Center,
softcover, 168 pages, 2012, Korean/English. ISBN 978-89-97128-05-1

«Movement et Lumière», La Fondation Villa Datris,
125 pages, 2012, French/English.

Ayako Kamozawa «An infinite sound space created through the
accumulation of small sounds», Axis Magazine, November 2012,

Media City Seoul 2012 «Spell on you», softcover, 343 pages, 2012,
Korean/English. ISBN 978-89-94849-19-5

«Heavenly rhythms wrapped up in sculptures», Dots Magazine,
2012, English.

Dominique Moulon «BIAN Montreal», Digitalarti Mag #10,
Juli 2012, English/French.

Matthew Shen Goodman «Zimoun: Volume Review», Artery New York City,
March 14, English.

Alexander Scholz «Zimoun: Volume - 294 prepared dc-motors,
cork balls and cardboard boxes», Creative Applications Network,
March 3, 2012, English.

Ben Valentine «The Volume of the Everyday», Hyperallergic,
March 2, 2012, English.

Hannah Daly «Spectacular Kinetics», ARTslant New York,
Feb 6, 2012, English.

Jun-jieh Wang, Po-wei Wang, Chien-hung Huang «Transjourney»,
Taipei National University of the Arts, hardcover book,
194 pages, 2012, English/Chineese.

«John Cage, Nam June Paik and after», Culture Naru Magazine,
Softcover, 80 pages, Feb 2012, Korean.

Maya Allison «Nostalgia Machines», David Winton Belll Gallery,
Brown University, soft cover book, 13 pages, Nov 2011, English.

Borusan Contemporary «Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Volume 1»,
Ertug & Kocabiyik, hard cover book,182 pages, Oct 2011, English.

Nikolaus Cybinski. «In der Verschiedenheit vereint». Basler Zeitung BZ.
Oct 1, 2011, German.

«Sound Sculptures», Artco Magazine, Taiwan, Nr.229, Oct 2011,
pp116-127, Chineese.

P. Fritzsche. «Wenn Kunst Kartons zum Klingen bringt.» Freie Presse,
Chemnitz, Sept 2, 2011, German.

Apostolos Mitsios. «Zimoun: Magician of Spatial Sound Installations»,
Jun 28, 2011,, English.

Hyunji Lee. «Life is emerging through its activity» Archiworld Magazine,
Korea, pp. 204-209, August 2011, Korean/English.

Minji Sohn, Marco Mancuso. «Material Research Zimoun» Details Magazine,
Korea, pp. 164-167, June 2011, Korean/English.

Thomas Adank «Zimoun - Architekt für Geräusch und Klang»,
60min, DRS II, 2011, German.

R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, V. Hanschke (ed.). «A Touch of Code -
Interactive Installations and Experiences», Gestalten, pp.42-43,
Hard cover book, 256 _pages, English. ISBN 978-3-89955-331-4

Marco Mancuso. «Sound Organisms in Evolution», Digimag, No. 61,
Feb. 2011, English. [download]

Mark Peter Wright. «Zimoun», Ear Room: Re-sounding Dialogues
Across the Globe, Jan 1, 2011, English. [download]

«A Poem of Sound of Sculptures & Installations», Vision Magazine,
China, Nr106, April 2011, pp. 268-275. Chinese.

«Sound Silence», Sleek Magazine, Summer 2011, English.

Marc Weidenbaum. «Cardboard & Fire: Zimoun & Jim Haynes, Live».
Disquiet, Jan 25, 2011, English.

Shaoqiang Wang. «Installation Art», Sandu Publishing Co. Limited,
pp.168-169, 2010, English. ISBN 978-988-19018-8-0

Oscar Gomez Poviña. «Noise Structures», Vnfold Magazine,
July 12, 2010, English.

Joachim Schwitzler. «Kleckse und Klänge», Südkurier,
Dec 9, 2010, German.

Dorothee Kaufmann. «Klänge, Kartons und Rohre», ThurgauerZeitung,
Nov 8, 2010, German.

Int. Compendium Prix Ars Electronica. «CyberArts2010»,
Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2010, German/English, soft cover book+DVD,
ISBN 978-3-7757-2724-2 [download]

Mia Frick. «Einfach komplex», Volksblatt Liechtenstein,
April 9, 2010, German.

Daniel Schwendener. «Alles steht im Zusammenhang», Vaterland,
April 9, 2010, German.

Marc Weidenbaum. «Zimoun: Maximum Effort For Minimal(ist) Impact».
Disquiet, April 28, 2010, English.

Lilly Wei. «Less than Transient, More than Phenomena.»
ETC Montreal. Issue 87, Sept.-Nov 2009, pp.59-60. English.

Colby Chamberlain. «Picks: Tim Knowles and Pe Lang + Zimoun»,
Artforum, Feb 2009. English.

Tim Paul. «The Buzz at bitforms gallery», Time Out New York Blog,
Feb 3, 2009. English.

Alan Licht. «Organizing the Unpredictable», Rhizome,
Feb 18, 2009. English.

Xymara. «The Vitality of Reduction», Xymara,
July 2009, English.

Marie Lechner. «Beat machines à Rennes», Libération,
Oct 2008. French.

Kaspar Haupt. «Spiel mit Strukturen, Unschäfe und Klang»,
Grenchner Tagblatt, Feb 2005, German.

Sarah Stähli. «Leise Proteste im leeren Raum»,
Ensuite Kulturmagazin, Feb 2004, German.

David Leutwyler. «Leerraum [ ]», Ensuite Kulturmagazin,
Dec 2004, German.

Robert Pally. «Improvisation im Konzept», Zugerpresse,
June 2004, German.

Radjo Monk. «Die Stille wird sich selbst gewahr», Anzeiger Saanen,
Aug 2004, German.

Markus Spörndli. «Zimoun: Maximaler Minimalismus», DerBund,
Nov 2003, German.

Frank Gerber. «Zimoun: Die Forschung am Unendlichen»,
BernerZeitung, Nov 2003, German.

Tom Gsteiger. «Kein Freund überbordender Action», BernerWoche,
March 2002, German.