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, born in Switzerland in 1977, 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.

Solo Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions 2014-2005  
2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Lugano, Switzerland.
Beall Art Center, Los Angeles, USA.
Kunstverein Mannheim, Germany.
2013 Museum of Fine Arts | Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France.
Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes, France.
Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
DuflonRacz Gallery, Bern, Switzerland.
NP3.tmp Art Space, The Netherlands.
2012 Museum MIS São Paulo | NOVA Cultura Contemporânea, São Paulo, Brasil.
MSUM Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.
bitforms gallery, New York, USA.
Oboro Art Space | Bian Biennale, Montreal, Canada.
Art Centre CAN Neuchatel, Switzerland.
2011 The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota FL, USA.
Contemporary Art Museum MNAC, Rokolectiv, Bucharest, Romania.
GAFTA Art Space, San Francisco, USA.
Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway.
Weltecho Gallery, Chemnitz, Germany.
2010 Museum of Contemporary Art Liechtenstein.
Arts Center Vooruit, Gent, Belgium.
La Rada, Locarno, Switzerland.
Push Gallery | Elektra, Montreal, Canada.
Kunstraum Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.
2009 Links Duflon Racz Gallery, Bern, Switzerland.
2008 Koscielak Gallery, Chicago, USA.
Bon Accueil Art Space, Rennes, France.
2007 Menosuno Art Spcae, Madrid, Spain.
2006 Stadtgalerie, Bern, Switzerland.
Leerraum [ ]³ Exhibition Space Bern, Switzerland.
2005 Freie Internationale Tankstelle, Berlin, Germany.
Kunstraum, Aarau, Switzerland.
Gallery Wandelbar, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Marks Blond Gallery, Bern, Switzerland.
Tonus Labor, Bern, Switzerland.

Group Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions 2014-2005  
2014 National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
bitforms gallery nyc | Wassermannprojects Detroit, USA.
Galerie Denise Renée Paris | Espace Expression Miami, USA.
2013 Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, USA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Republic Korea.
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA.
Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.
Meetfactory, Prague, Czech Republic.
Centquatre, Paris, France.
Tetem Art Space Enschede, the Netherlands.
Galerie Denise René, Arton Istanbul, Turkey.
Galerie Bernhard Bischoff, Bern, Switzerland.
2012 Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.
Nam June Paik Museum, Soeul, Republic Korea.
Deaf Biennale, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Art Center Laboral, Gijón, Spain.
Maison des Arts, Créteil, France.
Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.
Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland.
Trapezio Art Space, Madrid, Spain.
Toffle Pop Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2011 Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland.
List Art Center, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, USA.
Christinger de Mayo Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland.
Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.
James Gallery, New York City, USA.
Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland.
Mois Multi Arts Center, Québec City, Canada
2010 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
Museum Vasarely' Fondation, Aix en Provence, France.
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany.
Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland.
Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2010, Venezuela.
International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia.
2009 Kunsthaus Interlaken, Switzerland.
Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
bitforms gallery, NYC, USA.
Tabakalera, San Sebastián, Spain.
Lentos Art Museum, Linz, Austria.
2008 Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.
Sonicacts, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
ISEA, Singapore, Singapore.
Centre pour l'image contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland.
Miller Fine Art Center, Mcminnville, USA.
Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland.
2006 Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland.
Volksystem Toulouse, France.
Cybersonica, London, United Kingdom.
2005 Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland.
Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

Art Fairs

2013 Art Basel | Galerie Denise René Paris, Basel, Switzerland.
Fiac Paris | Galerie Denise René Paris, France.
2012 Art Basel | Galerie Denise René Paris, Basel, Switzerland.
Art Hong Kong | bitforms gallery NYC, Hong Kong, China.
Fiac Paris | Galerie Denise René Paris, France.
2011 Art Basel | Galerie Denise René Paris, Basel, Switzerland.
Pulse Art Fair | bitforms gallery NYC, Miami, USA.
Fiac Paris | Galerie Denise René Paris, Paris, France.

Live Performances

Selected Live Performances 2013-2004  
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 Study, 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.

Grants & Awards

2014 Nomination MAC international.
2012 Nomination KORO Public Art Project, Bodø, Norway.
Dave Bown Award, 5th Semiannual Competition.
Production Grants by the Culture Departments of City & Canton Bern.
2010 Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention Digital Musics & Sound Art.
2009 Aeschlimann Corti Award, First Prize.
2008 Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK).
2007 New York Residency, Amt für Kultur Kanton Bern.
2006 Kiefer Hablitzel Award, Swiss Art Awards.
2005 Aeschlimann Corti Award, Förderpreis.
2004 Residency in Beijing, China.
2000 Mention Swiss Youth Photo Award.

Workshops & Lectures

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 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 Edingbourgh, 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.

Collections & Permanent Works

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.
Villa Datris, L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, France.
Sammlung Ketterer-Ertle.
Art Collection Canton Bern, Switzerland.
Dottikon, Switzerland.
bitforms gallery NYC, USA.
Sammlung Zweifel.
Güdel Collection.
Private collections.

Discography

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

Bibliography

Selected Bibliography 2014-2002  
Alexander Scholz «Zimoun - Motor Cities», Holo 1, Holo Magazine,
softcover 220 pages, 2014, English. ISSN 2292-0916.
[download]

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.
[download]

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.
[download]

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.

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,
Japanese/English.

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,Yatzer.com, 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.