The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, inspired by the massive rooftop gardens of ancient Babylon, considered one of the seven wonders of the world, is set to run at the Nam Seoul Museum of Art, one of the Seoul Museum of Art’s branches, until November 19th. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, described as a remarkable feat of architecture and engineering, this massive rooftop garden reflects human desires toward nature and yearnings for utopia.
Participating in the exhibition are five artists: Kohui, Kim Joon, Yang Seungwon, Cho Leesop, and Hyun Nahm. Taking as their theme the symbolic meaning of the Babylon Hanging Gardens, which evokes a utopia in nature, the artists reinterpreted the contemporary landscape in their own way, creating a new ecosystem.
Kohui, through interaction with viewers, has generated sound data that exists much like living organisms, constructing a new ecosystem. Sound artist Kim Joon has collected sounds from various ecological environments worldwide and reconstructed them with elements found in the natural environment of those regions. Photographer Yang Seungwon reinterprets oriental alpine water gardens made of stone or sand, creating abstract gardens with manipulated nature images and various forms of sculpture. Sculptor and queer artist Cho Leesop reimagines psychological landscapes through sculptures depicting flowers, rocks, and animals, expressed in black or white pieces reflecting anxiety, persistent vitality, and elegance. Hyun Nahm has focused on creating artworks based on miniature landscapes, such as viewing stone and bonsai compressing the contemporary landscape into his sculptures.
Gardens represent a fusion of nature and culture, reflecting human aesthetic desires and attitudes toward nature. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon exhibition stimulates various senses such as sight, hearing, touch, and smell, presenting a new form of ecosystem through the works of these five artists.