Nam June Paik
Cahiers du Cinema, No. 299, 1979.
Hitchhiker on an Electronic Road
Nam June Paik’s Work at Asia Society
If you want someone to praise or blame for the relentlessly wired, chatty, information-soaked 21st-century world we inhabit, the artist Nam June Paik is an apt candidate. Credited as the founder of video art in the 1960s, he turned television into an interactive vehicle for radical theater. He invented the phrase “electronic superhighway” and imagined beta versions of smartphones, Google Glass, distant learning, YouTube, Instagram and the Internet itself.
The Asia Society celebrates the legacy of Korean artist Nam June Paik.
Greek Artist in Nam June Paik Exhibition
Nam June Paik was a Korean-American artist who introduced advanced technology as an art form. He was considered the father of video art which he presented to the world for the first time in 1963 during his solo exhibition, entitled “Exposition of Music-Electronic Television,” in Germany.
Nam June Paik always tested the limits of technology in its application as an art form. He used to reconfigure mechanical devises, transforming them into works of art, such as his iconic robots. Now, eleven year after his death, one of his life-size sculptures is on view in New York City at Shin Gallery, in an exhibition entitled “The Legacy of Nam June Paik in the Post-Digital Era.”
Charlotte Moorman in Nam June Paik’s Concerto for TV Cello and Videotapes, 1971 [photo: Peter Moore]
Via the Walker Art Center’s wonderful-looking new project On Performativity, on which our friend Liz Glass (a.k.a gesamtkunstwords) has been working for the last year. It includes writing by people we like: Dorothea von Hantelmann, Philip Auslander, Shannon Jackson, Irene Small and others.
Nam June Paik as Video-Buddha, 1974: Part of a performance with Charlotte Moorman at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne.
Nam June Paik, TV Bed (1972/1991)
Now at at James Cohan, Art Basel Hong Kong
In Grand Style closes on Sunday. Hope you can make it.
Ommah, 2005, by Nam June Paik (American, b. South Korea,1932–2006). Single-channel video installation on 19-inch LCD monitor; silk robe.