Nam June Paik: Video Across Media


Screening of short videos by Nam June Paik

Organized in conjunction with Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot, this public program brings together single-channel video works by media art pioneer Nam June Paik (1932-2006) that celebrate the extraordinary breadth of the artist's involvement with video as a mode of expression, communication, and collaboration across media forms and practices. Equally enthusiastic about and inspired by dance, performance, painting, television, film, digital technology, and social justice, Paik continually sought to extend the material and conceptual properties of video. Bringing together works from nearly every stage in his career as a video artist, from his earliest Portapak experiments through the development of his video synthesizer and onwards toward the digital remixing of his own oeuvre, "Nam June Paik: Video Across Media" charts the myriad ways Paik expanded the horizons of video art's possibilities.

This program is curated by Gregory Zinman, Georgia Institute of Technology, who will introduce the program. The screening will be followed by a Q&A, moderated by La Frances Hui, Asia Society Film Curator.

Watch the discussion on video here.

Button Happening (1965), 2 min.
Beatles Electroniques (1966-72, w/Jud Yalkut), 3 min.
Global Groove (1973), 28 min.
Butterfly (1986), 2 min.
Guadalcanal Requiem (1977, re-edited 1979), 28 min.
Digital Experiment at Bell Labs (1966), 4 min.
Analogue Assemblage (2000), 2 min.
Merce by Merce by Paik Part Two: Merce and Marcel (1978, w/Shigeko Kubota), 13 min.

Gregory Zinman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His writing on film and media has appeared in The New Yorker, Film History, and Millennium Film Journal, among other publications. He is the co-curator of Computer Age, a traveling program of early computer movies. He is completing a book, Handmade: The Moving Image in the Artisanal Mode, and is co-editing, with John Hanhardt, Nam June Paik: Selected Writings (forthcoming from The MIT Press).

Source of videos: Electronic Arts Intermix

Presented in conjunction with the Asia Society Museum exhibition Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot, on view September 5, 2013 through January 4, 2015.

This program is supported in part by the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation.

Event Details

Sat 01 Nov 2014
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street), New York, NY

Online ticketing for this program is now closed. Tickets are available for purchase in-person. $8 members; $10 students/seniors; $12 nonmembers. Complimentary museum admission on the same day for ticket holders.
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