The serene garden
installation + video, 20:30, 2019
As a display of the human fantasy about nature, a garden never presents “nature” in its authentic form. The desire of controlling forces of nature is transformed into the rituals of gardening and the artificial construction of a garden becomes the essence of ideas about nature. By following a simulated guided mediation, Ye shows the process of constructing a Zen garden miniature with diverse home decorations. She juxtaposes different garden landscapes from China and Europe, demonstrating the mutual affection and at times a misconstruction of aesthetics and traditions of garden design in these different geographical contexts. The absurdity of the mimicking nature in decorative products is emphasised in an installation.
Hui Ye (CN/AT)
Hui Ye is an artist and composer based in Vienna, Austria. Her works span on different media: video/film, installation, composition and live sound performance. In her recent projects, Hui Ye raises the question of how social identity of individual is being shaped by the different cultural/political contexts. Due to her research on the social-political aspect of sounds and music culture, she attempts to open another perspective of reflecting the function and impact of music and sounds in contemporary society. Hui Ye received several scholarships and prizes, i.a. state scholarship for composition by BKA Austria 2015 and Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2018.