This ground-breaking exhibition catalog brings together works that span Nam June Paik’s five-decade career, including archival materials and excerpts of Paik’s own writings. It offers an in-depth understanding of the artist’s innovative practice and his vision of a multidisciplinary future.
Considered to be the founder of video art, Nam June Paik was a visionary artist who foresaw the importance of mass media and new technology, and its impact on visual culture. His cutting-edge, innovative, yet playfully entertaining work continues to be a major influence on art and culture to this day.
His ideas such as ‘Eurasia’ and ‘Electronic Superhighway’, and his profound insight into a global age are also analyzed in the context of transnationalism for the first time. Texts elaborate upon Paik’s collaborations with other artists, musicians and choreographers, such as Charlotte Moorman, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Joseph Beuys and Fluxus, highlighting Paik’s global trajectory and considerable impact on digital culture, which connect his art to a new generation.