freezefinal 003Electronic Superhighway


nam-june-paiknam-june-paik-tv-is-kitsch-2-1996I want to shape the TV screen canvas
as precisely as Leonardo,
as freely as Picasso,
as colorfully as Renoir,
as profoundly as Mondrian,
as violently as Pollock
and as lyrically as Jasper Johns.

I wanted to elevate TV to an art form that was as highly valued as the music of Bach.

I am a poor man from a poor country, so I have to be entertaining every second.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly.

Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence.

As collage technique replaced oil paint, the cathode ray tube will replace the canvas. Someday artists will work with capacitors, resistors, and semiconductors as they work today with brushes, violins and junk. There are 4,000,000 dots per second on one television screen, just think of the variety of images you can get. It’s so cool. It’s like going to the moon.
Manifesto, New York, October 1965

Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life.
Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 – January 29, 2006)




“Frankfurt Medien Denkmal”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Video Flag, 1966


TV Garden, Guggenheim Museum


Watchdog, 1997


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