Nam June Paik
Posted by Scott
Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was a Korean-born American multimedia artist. He apparently holds the particular lofty title of “first video artist” (Wikipedia). I recently came across his work and have been in awe of it ever since. TV Buddha (1974) particularly caught my eye; I’d love a copy of the photo.
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Ryan Lee says:January 26, 2011 at 7:55 am
I helped install the ‘TV Buddha’ piece at an exhibition last year. The camera stopped working, and it was intimidating to troubleshoot an a/v piece ostensibly worth more than a house.
The museum electrician had no such qualms though, and we got it working. Great piece from a fascinating artist.
Philip says:January 26, 2011 at 8:17 am
You should definitely check out some of his experimental music as well. I think you can find some on ubu.com.
Magicpantz says:January 26, 2011 at 9:23 am
I have to say that the ‘Buddha TV’ piece is really great…
Daniel Bonavita says:January 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Amazing video artist. I love the concept about “Zen For Film”. I’ve wrote an article for it.
Amazing post, Scott.
Wim says:January 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm
This artist was in the ‘Bozar’ a few years back. It was amazing. Since then I started following him. I really recomend seeing his work if you get the chance.
Joel Nealy says:January 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm
I recall seeing this exhibit as a teenager at the Guggenheim in NYC. I was fascinated by all the interesting patterns the TV’s made when they were exposed to the different magnets.
I recall thinking to myself, “If this is art…the sky is the limit for me”.
Paul Hess says:January 27, 2011 at 11:03 am
The third image above, titled in this post as “tv-magnet,” is stunning in person. I thought I had experienced a Nam June Paik exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art but after reading Joel’s post it may have been the Guggenheim.
Tiemen says:May 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Buddha TV is on display at the Temporary Stedelijk in Amsterdam now. Exhibition is not great though