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Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils a commissioned work by Swiss...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils a commissioned work by Swiss artist Zimoun

Friday, 06 November 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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As a highlight of The Sound Maker – Jaeger-LeCoultre’s year-long celebration of the art of sound in watchmaking – the Maison will present a new “sound sculpture” installation, commissioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre from the Swiss contemporary artist, Zimoun.

In choosing to expand its creative and cultural universe through this art commission, Jaeger-LeCoultre enlarges the dialogue that exists between horology and art. In keeping with The Sound Maker theme, the Maison has chosen to collaborate with an artist whose main body of work examines and celebrates the nature of sound.

The Soundmaker, installation by Zimoun
The Soundmaker, installation by Zimoun

In his work, Zimoun employs simple raw materials and repurposed industrial components to create complex and evocative tapestries of sound and movement that redefine traditional ideas of sculpture, space and time. Discussing his approach, the artist explains: “I’m interested in sound as an architectonic element to create space, but also in sound which somehow inhabits a room and interacts with it. I work with three-dimensional sound structures, with spatial experiences and the exploration of sound, material and space – and perception.”

The Soundmaker, installation by Zimoun
The Soundmaker, installation by Zimoun

To encourage freedom of interpretation, Zimoun gives his works very technical titles that just describe the materials used – the elements that the viewer sees anyway. The work is based on small dc-motors, fine wires, MDF panels and almost 2,000 very thin metal discs. These discs are, in fact, watchmaking components obtained from the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre to serve as sound sources. Connected to the motors by wires, the discs rotate against the MDF panels in a similar way to a coin falling to the ground. This friction produces a highly complex sound structure and the movement creates a flickering surface.

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