In conjunction with Swiss artist Zimoun’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco, at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, he performs live at swissnex San Francisco with special guest Jim Haynes, co-produced by23five, Incorporated.
Born in Switzerland in 1977, Zimoun is an autodidact residing in Bern. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows and he has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America in venues such as the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland, Bitforms, in New York, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, Transmediale in Berlin, ISEA Singapore, and Elektra in Montreal.
Zimoun recently received an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica 2010. He’s taken part in everal residencies and served as a guest lecturer at the Zurich University for the Arts (ZHdK), the Geneva University for Art and Design (HEAD), and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
In 2003, he and graphic designer Marc Beekhuis founded Leerraum [ ], a label, networking hub, and platform for creative exchange among artists. He often collaborates with other artists as well as experts in related fields, for example with the University of Zurich’s AI Lab, Daniel Imboden of Dim-Tech, Pe Lang, and Helena Gough.
Using shortwave radio static, electric field disturbances, controlled feedback, and textural scrapings, Jim Haynes’ sound installations manifest a broken minimalism in which magnetic drone convey the impression of timelessness within an active environment. Jim has exhibited at The Exploratorium (San Francisco), Westspace (Melbourne), Diapason (New York), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), Works (San Jose), Eyedrum (Atlanta), The Fugitive Art Center (Nashville), and Varnish (San Francisco). He has participated in a number of fruitful collaborations with Loren Chasse, Keith Evans, Steven Stapleton and M.S. Waldron. As Editorial Director for 23five Incorporated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the developing increased awareness of sound art, Jim co-curated the 2003 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and has co-curated the Activating The Medium Festival since 2007. He also has written extensively on sound art, noise culture, minimalism, and general music experimentation for The Wire, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Metro Pulse and other publications. www.helenscarsdale.com
Photo: Myleen Hollero