Nam June Paik at Talbot Rice
The founder of video art is celebrated in this thought-provoking exhibition
This year for the Edinburgh International Festival, Talbot Rice plays host to Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds: a celebration of Paik’s work that marks the 50th anniversary of his debut solo exhibition at the Galerie Parnass in Germany.
Paik is widely regarded as the founder of video art and, as this exhibition makes clear, he was a man who was obsessed with combining television and contemporary art. ‘Technology’ is the theme of the Edinburgh International Festival 2013 and this exhibition not only follows this theme, it defines it through Paik’s bizarre television and musical instrument assemblages.
This show is an audible and visual feast, filled with Japanese Pepsi adverts and more TV screens than you could possibly imagine. Paik’s work takes inspiration from the radical Fluxus movement – famous for blending different artistic media in the 1960s – and from the experimental music of John Cage. Unmistakably ’60s-inspired, Paik’s work is jarring and trippy: his video works contrast combinations of classical music with white noise and intense bangs and thuds.
1932 - 2006
Paik was one of the pioneers of video art, and he was almost the first artist to ever use televisions in his artwork.
He studied music and aesthetics in Japan and was very interested in music of chance creation i.e not traditional, conventional music. He was influenced greatly by…
Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds
Nam June Paik’s achievements in bringing technology into art outshine those of any other artist. He was also the first to use television in an artwork, an event whose 50th anniversary the EIF celebrates in a major show. Paul Dale assesses Paik’s legacy…
Like so many radical Asian artists of his generation, the original video freak, composer and cultural terrorist / spiritualist Nam June Paik was born into wealth. As Korea was being defiled by Japanese occupation in the 1930s, in preparation for the encroaching war, Paik was being privately educated in Seoul, Hong Kong and finally the ancient shogunate seat of Kamakura near Tokyo. This town-temple of Zen, this heartland of Buddhism, was to leave a profound mark on Paik and his art. But it was his subsequent studies of humanities at Tokyo University and a dissertation on Arnold Schoenberg’s music that made it possible for him to study aesthetics, specialising in European philosophy and modern music, at the universities of Munich and Cologne.
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Extraordinary prescience of Korean artist Nam June Paik is celebrated in new show.
Korean artist Nam June Paik, who died in 2006 at the age of 73, may not be a household name in this country but his prescient approach to future life on Planet Earth is about to be celebrated in a major new exhibition.
OMG! If I won the FL lottery, I would buy it all. Nam June Paik’s works highlight of K-Auction’s summer sale
Video artist Nam June Paik’s video installation work “Faust 8 Channel-Arts” (1991) is among the pieces by prominent Korean artists that will be put on the block this month by K-Auction, an auction company specializing in art.
With an estimated price range of 480 million won-800 million won, “Faust 8 Channel-Arts” is the eighth in Paik’s 13-piece series “My Faust.” The series addresses 13 different topics of public concern, such as environmental, agricultural and educational issues.
Paik was best known for his video installations using television sets, having transformed video into an art medium. Assembling and modifying old television sets with assorted objects, the father of video art created unique installations.
Among the 193 items that will be auctioned on June 19 are works by established Korean artists such as Lee Jung-seob’s “River of No Return,” Joseon painter Danwon Kim Hong-do’s “Birds and Flowers” and “Napping in Mt. Undae,” and six works by Paik.
The artworks to be auctioned will be on view at K-Auction Hall in Sinsa-dong, Seoul, from June 8-18. Paik’s works will be on display at a special gallery at the venue in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his first solo exhibition in Wupptertal, Germany, in 1963.