Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik is best known for his radiant, large-scale television installations. Paik used television as a medium to remix familiar imagery (such as the American flag) in an intoxicating and unexpected manner. An exciting and experimental pioneer of early video art, Paik was also an avant-garde composer, a seminal member of the Fluxus movement, and a sci-fi enthusiast who built his own robot and also created art with satellites.

A visionary who coined the term "electronic superhighway" in 1974, Paik foresaw and contributed to the information age of the twenty-first century. Inspired by the riveting performances of legendary composer John Cage, he was determined to translate electronic music to the visual realm. In the early 1960s, he exhibited the first work of art containing a television set and would continue showing them in conjunction with lasers creating a dramatic interplay of light, imagery, and symbolism.



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