This summer, the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE) and the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) co-present Audible Garden, the solo exhibition of work by new media artist Jinjoon Lee as part of a yearlong celebration of the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the UK. Drawing inspiration from Asian Sansui landscape painting and Korean garden philosophy, Lee has created a multisensory space that constructs a new environment whilst also deciphering the current world we inhabit. Inspirited by Lee’s residency at Hertz lab of the ZKM in Germany, Audible Garden will run from the 21 July - 13 October 2023 at the KCCUK exhibition space.
Lee’s work, deeply influenced by Korean garden philosophy, his childhood memories of Dragon Horse Mountain (Youngma San) in his hometown Masan, and Sansui paintings of East Asia, begins with an exploration of the KCCUK building. This approach resembles the creation of a traditional Korean garden where nature is nurtured according to the spatial conditions. Lee, through his personal experiences and an East Asian perspective of landscape, adopts an auto-ethnographic approach to question how we experience and comprehend discoveries of nature, space, sound, and memory. He specifically probes into how the rampant spread of media and technology has altered our perception of the surrounding landscape.
For this exhibition, Lee envelops his sculptures, drawings, a wall painting, prints, videos, audiovisual installations, a super directional loudspeaker installation and interactive sound art in a green filter that blends the interior and exterior landscapes interposed by the KCCUK’s glass façade. He aims to embody these imprints of his consciousness by challenging the boundaries between inside and outside realms. He creates specially produced plaster LP records, converting his daily life into orchestrated sound using data sonification technology, and transforming the sound into a large-scale landscape painting that freely moves between media. Through these works, he presents the audience with a liminoid experience, delicately balancing between art and nature, sound and silence, and physical and digital realms.
AUDIBLE GARDEN press release