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A Tribute to Nam June Paik

Unknown Premiere

USA | 120 MINUTES | (Unknown) |


The Korean-born Nam June Paik (1932-2006) played a seminal role in the evolution of video art. A member of the Fluxus avant-garde art movement, Paik employed performance art to transform music composition. His first one-artist exhibition in Germany in 1963 included his innovative prepared televisions and interactive audio pieces. After moving to the United States in 1964 Paik incorporated the newly developed video porta-pak into his artmaking, fashioning over the decades a remarkable range of artworks from sculptures that employed televisions to large-scale installations. The artist's development of the Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer in the late 1960's contributed to creating a new visual language through the electronic medium of video. In addition to his sculptures and installations, Paik created a brilliant series of videotapes and productions for television. This programl surveys his video sculptures and installations and will feature a selection of Nam June Paik's major videotapes including Videotape Study #3 (1967-69), Beatles Electroniques (1966-69), Electronic Moon No. 2 (1969), Electronic Fables (1965-71), Analogue Assemblage (2000) and Global Groove. This legendary videotape from 1973 opens with the prophetic statement: "This is a glimpse of a video landscape of tomorrow, when you will be able to switch to any TV station on earth and TV Guide will be as fat as the Manhattan telephone book."