329 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, toluene tank by Zimoun

329 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, toluene tank by Zimoun

Pick of the Week #99


This week’s pick is “329 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, toluene tank”, a big scale sound installation by talented Swiss artist Zimoun.

Zimoun has completed one of his most ambitious projects to date in an abandoned 1950s tank situated in Dottikon, a small town in the region of Aargau, Switzerland. Using 329 DC – motors and cotton balls attached to the tank walls, the permanent installation creates a powerful contrast between sound and architecture.‘329’ is a collaborative project from Zimoun Studio, architect Hannes Zweifel and many others including Bruno Bachmann, Hans Jörg Baumann and Arthur Hauser.

Zimoun : 329 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, toluene tank, 2013 from STUDIO ZIMOUN on Vimeo.

«Zimoun creates complex kinetic sound sculptures by arranging industrially produced parts according to seemingly simple rules. Using motors, wires, ventilators, etc.., he creates closed systems that develop their own behavior and rules similarly to artificial creatures. Once running, they are left to themselves and go through an indeterminable process of (de)generation. These quasi autonomous creatures exist in an absolutely synthetic sphere of lifeless matter. However, within the precise, determinist systems creative categories suddenly reappear, such as deviation, refusal and transcience out of which complex patterns of behavior evolve.» Node10


The tank stands right next to a chemical plant. The industrial scenography selected for this project reminds us to the enigmatic locations filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky chose for his film Stalker.

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Studio Zimoun has published a book about the project which includes an USB stick with videos.


Book: concept, project management and graphics design by Raffinerie AG. Photographies by Zimoun and Janis Weidner / Studio Zimoun.


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