300 prepared dc-motors, 27 kg wood

Cardboard boxes, paper bags, wooden sticks, polystyrene beads… the Swiss conceptual artist Zimoun creates audio and architectural installations using everyday, functional elements. The unique properties of each material – resistance, volatility, elasticity, friction ­- form the pretext for a new kind of experimentation. 300 prepared dc-motors, 27 kg wood, is an installation created specifically for the museum. It consists of 300 mechanically-jointed wooden sticks. This monumental structure is nonetheless organic: each element moves entirely autonomously, and the repetitive, stilted movements suggest the rhythm of breath. Somewhere between cacophonic poetry and structured chaos, Zimoun imagines complex and meticulously-planned constructions capable of transforming a space.

All our exhibitions were supported by the Loterie Romande, the Ernst Göhner Stiftung, the Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Pro Helvetia and the Casino of Neuchâtel Foundation.