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Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 - January 29, 2006) was a Korean-born American artist. Born in Seoul during the Japanese occupation and after a move to Japan where he studied the work of composer Arnold Schönberg, Paik came to Germany in 1956 to continue his studies in the history of music. His interests soon turned away from the university setting, to less traditional forms of music leading him to The Westdeutsche Rundfunk’s Studio for Electronic Music, where Karlheinz Stockhausen was working.

Nam June Paik then began participating in the Neo-Dada art movement, known as Flu ...read more

Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 - January 29, 2006) was a Korean-born American artist. Born in Seoul during the Japanese occupation and after a move to Japan where he studied the work of composer Arnold Schönberg, Paik came to Germany in 1956 to continue his studies in the history of music. His interests soon turned away from the university setting, to less traditional forms of music leading him to The Westdeutsche Rundfunk’s Studio for Electronic Music, where Karlheinz Stockhausen was working.

Nam June Paik then began participating in the Neo-Dada art movement, known as Fluxus, which was inspired by the composer John Cage, and his use of everyday sounds and noises in his music. He made his big debut at an exhibition known as Exposition of Music-Electronic Television, in which he scattered televisions everywhere, and used magnets to alter or distort their images.

In 1964, Paik moved to New York, and began working with classical cellist Charlotte Moorman, to combine his video, music, and performance. In the work TV Cello, the pair stacked televisions on top one another, so that they formed the shape of an actual cello. When Moorman drew her bow across the “cello,” images of both her playing, and images of other cellists playing appeared on the screens. In 1965, Sony introduced the Portapak. With this, Paik could both move and record things, for it was the first portable video and audio recorder. From there, Paik became an international celebrity, known for his creative and entertaining works. « hide

Similar Bands: Henning Christiansen, Walter Marchetti, John Cage, Charlotte Moorman, Wolf Vostell

Works. 1958-1979
2002

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