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         NAM  JUNE  PAIK     
         born 1932

nam june paik

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Nam June Paik is regarded as the first artist to have comprehensively realized the potential of television and video as an artist's medium. Paik, best known for his video installations of televisions scattered through artificial landscapes, suspended from ceilings, and incorporated in anthropomorphic figures or in sculptural configurations, was the first artist to manipulate television circuitry and magnetic fields to create unique patterns and visual displays. When he moved to New York in 1964, the Korean-born artist was already established in Europe as an avant-garde composer—work he continued in the United States with cellist Charlotte Moorman. Paik also designed, with the help of Japanese engineer Shuya Abe, the first color video synthesizer, which allowed pictures to be mixed and distorted within the internal television system in an infinite variety of patterns.

Friedrich Rosenstiel (lifedates unknown)
Gelatin silver print, circa 1977
Published September 1977
ARTnews Collection, New York City

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