124 // MSN2 / Research / Babylon I
The reason why I came up quite quickly with the “Tower of Babylon” as a part of my theoretical research for this unit is because of the symbolic meaning of this biblical story: There is the construction and set up of a huge tower-like complex, the hubris and megalomania of reaching the stars, and in addition to that the confusion of languages and by this destruction or impossibility of finishing this building. Growth and expansion, madness and destruction, the Tower of Babel as a synonym for the boundless human ambition to spread – terms that are basic phrases for my current idea.
“Babylonian subjects can be found throughout European art and culture from ancient times to the present. The myth of Babylon, recorded in the Bible as the story of Babel, illustrates the innermost fears of man in a timeless way. For thousands of years, Babylon has served as a metaphor for the darker sides of civilisation: repression and lack of freedom, terror and violence, hubris and madness.”
(BABYLON, MYTH AND TRUTH, Pergamonmuseum, Berlin, 2008)
This document contains some facts and information about this story and its history, but I decided not to focus on this story in depth as it is not that important for my current ideas any more and as there is an enormous and also contradictory background of this topic. Nevertheless I think it is necessary to mention a basic framework of this story as a part of my background and initial beginning.