Nam June Paik was a leading figure in the 1960s Fluxus movement. Fluxus was the root of his artistic sprit. In 1997, Paik planned a concert titled “A Celebration of Arts without Borders” in memory of the movement. Ben Patterson presented his new work, Message to Nam June Paik, in the NJP Art Center in 2010. The ‘living fluxus’ running through the borders between our life and arts is still in effect.
Participation TV is one of the thirteen TV sets shown in Paik’s first solo exhibition in 1963. Here, only the viewer’s participation, that is, speaking sound into an attached microphone, can produce wildly moving patterns of lines of light on the TV screen. By using the technique of manipulating electronic circuits inside the TV, Paik showed the possibility of randomly changing the TV screen and communicating with it. He appreciated that this video art injected some new blood into happening and performance art. This meeting between new media, which had been regarded as non-art, and traditional forms of art initiated a bold experiment to blur the boundary of arts.
Nam June Paik put many communication devices which he could remember, such as antique television sets, radios, telephones, gramophone speakers, on a big cart with the sitting Buddha pulled by an elephant. The cart and the elephant are connected with red electric wires and the televisions in the rear show elephants playing soccer.
A laser beam moves constantly with a high speed and attracts our eyes to the infinite space and time. The various patterns of spaces created by lasers are dynamic, mysterious, and beautiful. Lasers show a new possibility of space and time, that is, non-linear time and space with which Paik experimented throughout his lifetime, using various media including music, television, and video.
Lasers are a high frequency lighting device used as a means of communication or information transmission that still has a great possibility of development. The laser works by Paik with which he experimented until his last moment could be called ‘post-video’ which lies in the extension of the theme that the artist pursued through video art, reorganizing space and time with the power of light and energy.
27 June 2015 - 17 January 2016
Curator | Sooyoung Lee
Curatorial Support | Kyunghwa Ahn, Jihee Kim, Hyunjeung Kim
Archivist | Sang Ae Park
Graphic Design | Dokho Shin
Technician | Kijun Lee
Curatorial Assistant | Serim Gwak
PR | Hayoung Lim
Design | Yeseul Sung
Educator | Minwha Jo, Sunyoung Kim, Juwon Mun
Docent | Eunju Park
Administration | Younghwi Park, Eunkyung Suh, Byunghyun Kang
Facility | Jaeryong Lee, Jaegun Gwak, Byungjin Kim, Sangkyu Kim
Project Support | PR & Marketing team, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation