Author(s): Sook-Kyung Lee; Rudolf Frieling
Considered to be the founder of video art, Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was a visionary artist who foresaw the importance of massmedia and new technology, and its impact on visual culture.His cutting-edge, innovative, yet playfully entertaining workcontinues to be a major influence on art and culture to this day.This ground-breaking publication focuses on Paik's pivotal rolein the cross-germination of radical aesthetics and experimentalpractices, emphasising his visionary insight and his pioneeringrole in the emergence and proliferation of performative andcollaborative art practice. Bringing together works that span a fivedecadecareer, and including archival materials and excerpts ofPaik's own writings, this book offers an in-depth understanding ofthe artist's innovative practice and his vision of a multidisciplinaryfuture. His ideas such as 'Eurasia' and 'Electronic Superhighway',and his profound insight into a global age will be analysed in thecontext of transnationalism for the first time. In addition, texts willelaborate upon Paik's collaborations with other artists, musiciansand choreographers, such as Charlotte Moorman, John Cage,Merce Cunningham, Joseph Beuys and Fluxus, highlighting Paik'sglobal trajectory and considerable impact on digital culture, whichconnect his art to a new generation.