Nam June PAIK |
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Korea, South 1932
Nam June Paik, an American artist, was born in South Korea in 1932.
He has been concerned with video and realtime image presentation. The recent leap of popularity in the Internet and the world Wide Web has been a boon for Paik, who is now making work in that vein. While still incorporating TV and video images, he is turning towards even more modern technology. His most recent exhibition is the "Electronic Superhighway". This show is a travelling collection of Paik's new, technologically oriented works.
Paik's first artistic interest was music, which he studied at University of Tokyo, the University of Munich, and the Conservatory of Music in Freiburg. During this time, he met composer John Cage, whose innovative, almost randomized sound motivated paik's interest in garbled television noise. With this background, he began pioneering video art as a medium. Supplementary video and readymade television sets have becom a trademark of Paik's work.
"Television could become a humanistic tool in the hands of the artist, a tool capable of transforming society -- not toward an anti-intellectual cynicism or oppressive dictatorship, but toward new appli ...
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