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.
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).