Nam June Paik


Nam June Paik’s work has been admired since the early 70s and started in the 60s. He is known as the “father” or “inventor” of video art. He was given the name because he manipulated tvs and videos to create something greater. He started out with using just tvs, but over time, he began using videos, lasers, and much more. One of June Paik’s famous works is the Electronic Superhighway, as seen below.

June Paik was a part of the Neo-Dada era of visual art which is also known as Fluxus. He was influenced by the composer John Cage. He admired the Cage’s use of everyday sounds and noises in his music. From then on, June Paik used instruments in some of his works. His first exhibition was even called “Exposition of Music-Electronic Television.” It shows how interested in combining his work with music. June Paik’s art seemed to be very 3-dimensional. If it didn’t jump out at you, then it was very bright. It seemed like he wanted a balance between light and abstract art.

I found this to be an interesting piece overall. I wonder why June Paik chose the images of “OF” to include in the piece. Also, in the outline of the blue, does the president have multiple screens in the background? These are a few questions I wish I could have ask June Paik.

This picture of the Electric Superhighway is one of my favorites of his. I think it is so clever to have a different image for each of the contiguous states.  The lights surrounding each state makes it easy for us to identify which state is which.

Cage advised June Paik to look into the Oriental origin and Oriental music for inspiration and he did. This image shows one of June Paik’s pieces where Buddha is being filmed while seeing their face on the tv screen in front of them.


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