Thursday, October 15, 2009

Untitled Sound Objects

zimoun and pe lang, two chinese artists, have been creating sound installations since 2005 by using computer operated small machines and robots with different materials such as chains, seeds, plastics, and rubbers, that are used as sources for sound. zimoun, along with graphic designer marc beekhuis, is the co-founder of Leerraum which is quoted as being,"an international network, platform and label of artists engaged in studying space, form and structure through a reductionist approach and careful yet radical handling of materials." radical indeed. they've created a room with the aesthetics of a clean room environment, or perhaps some strange sleepy white limbo where the brown noise of simple machines create a never ending slumber. they've just released a video collection from 2005 through 2008 of several installations in switzerland. here is the video collection:

this is a live installation:

these are some test machines and sounds for the 2005-2008 installations:

this is a microphone recording woodworms in a piece of wood:

Woodworms I, Zimoun 2009 from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

here are isolated sounds from single sound contributions by a sound artist playing behind shutters that when opened increase the volume creating a distinction in what is heard: