Nam June Paik Exhibits Video and Television as Art (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Using concepts inspired by Dadaist artists, avant-garde musicians, and communication philosophy, Nam June Paik turned his attention to television and video, creating works that questioned the one-sidedness of broadcasting.
Summary of Event
On March 11, 1963, Nam June Paik opened his first one-man exhibition, entitled “Exposition of Music-Electronic Television,” at the Galerie Parnass, a three-storied space in Wuppertal, Germany. He exhibited three different types of work: “Objects Sonores,” four “prepared” and decorated pianos; “Instruments for Zen Exercises,” a combination of found objects that could make noise; and “Electronic Televisions,” thirteen manipulated or broken television sets that altered broadcasted images. After this exhibition, Paik devoted more of his creative energy to demystifying and deconstructing the medium of television, removing it from its role as bland entertainer. In the process, he sought to change viewers’ perceptions of their role in the transmission/reception process. It is important to note that although he is a major visual artist, Paik was trained as a performing musician and composer, gaining considerable recognition for this work. Many of his concerns in the visual arts are influenced by his musical performance experiences and ideas of the radical Fluxus art movement of the 1960’s.
Nam June Paik was born in Seoul, Korea, where he...
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