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NAM JUNE PAIK (KR)

Nam June Paik was a Korean American Artist born in 1932. Is a major contemporary artist and a seminal figure in video art. His video sculptures, installations, performances and single channel videos encompass one of the most influential and significant bodies of work in the medium.
From his Fluxus based performances and altered television sets of the early 1960s, to his ground-breaking videotapes and multi-media installations of the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Paik has made an enormous contribution to the history and development of video as an art form. Exercising radical art-making strategies with irreverent humor, he deconstructs and demystifies the language, content and technology of television. Merging global communications theories with an antic Pop sensibility, his iconoclastic works explore the juncture of art and popular culture. + Info

Electronic Moon #2, 4:35, 1969

Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut began working together in the 1960's and collaborated on several short pieces throughout their time together. Using both B&W and color 16mm film, footage was captured and electromagnetically distorted (a method that Nam June Paik used quite frequently during this time). Then a second taping was completed filming the shadows of various objects projected overtop the footage of the moon to create the end product. In Electronic Moon No. 2, electromagnetic charges create an effect that mirrors and compliments the rhythmic motion of the water. The accompanying sound is Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller, a classic sound in contrast to this avant-garde media of the time, createing an environment that feels familiar and comfortable in the face of this new and unusual art. (From Art & Electronic Media)