Cardboard boxes – Studio Zimoun

September 1, 2014

The installation is comprised of 81 cardboard boxes of 70x70x70 cm which are suspended on the ceiling in a grid of 80×80 cm. The boxes hang between floor and ceiling and  can be seen from two different levels. 20 dc-motors are mounted and distributed along the handrail of the first floor.

When activated, they set the boxes in motion by means of thinn nylon ropes connected vertically to the individual boxes, causing them to move with varying intensity and directions.

Since the spaces between the boxes are small, the movement of one box is affecting neighboring boxes, leading to a very complex overall performance of the suspension, which constantly changes and progresses.

The collision of the boxes and the friction caused when they collide gives rise to a multitude of sounds and noises. The acoustic perspective changes as the viewer moves along the exhibition space and can be experienced in constantly new ways.

This installation was conceptualized, developed and presented in joint collaboration between Zimoun (artist) and Hannes Zweifel (architect).

157 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 60x20x20cm

Zimoun 2014


Motors, cardboard, wood, metal, cotton, power supply.
Dimensions: 12m x 4m x 4m.

Installation view: private collection.



296 prepared dc-motors, felt balls, cardboard boxes 13x13x13cm

Zimoun 2014


Motors, cardboard, wood, metal, felt, power supply.
Dimensions: 1.8m x 2.7m.

Installation view: Studio Zimoun, Bern, Switzerland.

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