Hui Ye’s works span on different media such as video and sound installation, composition and live sound performance, and often address questions in regard to individual social identity and its entanglements with different cultural and political contexts. With her research on socio-political aspects of sound and music culture, the artist opens new perspectives on the diverse correlations between sound and contemporary societies. Hui Ye’s works have been shown internationally in exhibitions and at festivals, including Kunsthalle Wien (AT), WRO Media Art Biennial (PL) and Times Museum (CN), she lives and works in Vienna.
The Serene Garden
HD video, sound, colour, 2018-19
In “The Serene Garden”, the calming voice of a meditation teacher takes viewers on a relaxing journey that illuminates aspects of artificial imitation of nature in different cultural and historical contexts along peaceful gardening rituals. The artist juxtaposes different garden landscapes from China and Europe with the process of constructing a miniature Zen garden with various home accessories. While the video emphasizes the tendency of garden design to often stereotypical aesthetics and traditions and their sometimes incorrectly constructed approach, it shows the absurdity of imitating nature for decorative purposes.