Seoul 1932 - 2006 Miami
"Game Byter", 1994
metal, Lasermax, three television sets
height 123 cm ( 48 1/2 in.) width 84 cm (33 in.)
11 antique TV cabinets, 1 antique radio cabinet, 14 color TVs, 18 mixed media Lilliputians with TV heads
58,4 x 431,8 x 370,8 cm (23 x 170 x 146 in.)
Nam June Paik who was born in Seoul in1932 and died in Miami in 2006, is considered the father of video art even though he began his artistic career as a musician and composer. During his studies in Germany, he came into contact with John Cage and the Fluxus movement. With his concerts, which crossed the border far into the realm of happening, he became one of the main proponents of Fluxus, together with Joseph Beuys and George Maciunas. At the same time he began experimenting with electronic music and television technology, and created his first video sculptures, technically manipulating the television image or using his own cinematic material, which would become groundbreaking for the whole future of video art.
Nam June Paik • Game Byter