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Audio-Visual Art in Zimoun exhibition in NYUAD

An exhibition so much more focussed on sound than image. Swiss artist Zimoun unveils new sound installations in Abu Dhabi. The artist's works are free to see and hear until June and will be on display at New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.

The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery, the University’s academic museum-gallery, will present the work of acclaimed Swiss artist Zimoun. Curated by Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi and Executive Director of the NYUAD Art Gallery Maya Allison, this landmark survey will mark the first time the artist has exhibited his work in the Gulf.

Open to the public till June 1, 2019, this exhibition will feature five immersive audio-visual installations, including a major new commission, an expansive room-sized installation that will be unveiled on the opening night.

Zimoun constructs extraordinary, immersive sensory experiences using lo-fi, analogue motors connected to various functional objects, like wooden sticks, cardboard boxes, and foil. All of the sound in his installations comes from the movement of these simple objects. He creates chaos from underlying systems of order, exploring elements of biology, engineering, music, sound, and installation art. When a visitor walks into one of his minimalistic mechanized sculptures, they’re confronted 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).

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.

Hypsos in Dubai has executed the Zimoun exhibition in the New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.

(credit photography to John Varghese, and courtesy NYUAD Art Gallery)

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