Nam June Paik’s Pioneering Vision: How the Artist Predicted an Age of Digital Technology

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, Jul 20, 2020
Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995
Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995

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“I think the best technology, information, has to do with education—our thinking,” artist Nam June Paik wrote in his famed 1976 essay “Why is Television Dumb?” Anyone who knows Paik and his strange, perplexing, and positively revolutionary art knows that the essay’s title is ironic: his early adoption of video and transformation of the television sets into sculptures made anyone who saw it think and prefigured our relationship with digital technologies today. Without his pioneering use of TV, in all its manifold forms, it is possible that art today might be very different—and, by extension, we all might think in vastly different ways.

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Greenberger, Alex. “Nam June Paik’s Pioneering Vision: How the Artist Predicted an Age of Digital Technology.” ARTnews, 20 July 2020, https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/nam-june-paik-television-video-art-famous-works-1202694737/.
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Greenberger, Alex. “Nam June Paik’s Pioneering Vision: How the Artist Predicted an Age of Digital Technology.” ARTnews, July 20, 2020. https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/nam-june-paik-television-video-art-famous-works-1202694737/.
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Greenberger, A. (2020, July 20). Nam June Paik’s Pioneering Vision: How the Artist Predicted an Age of Digital Technology. ARTnews. https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/nam-june-paik-television-video-art-famous-works-1202694737/
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@misc{Greenberger2020Nam, journal = {ARTnews}, title = {Nam June Paik’s Pioneering Vision: How the Artist Predicted an Age of Digital Technology}, url = {https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/nam-june-paik-television-video-art-famous-works-1202694737/}, author = {Greenberger, Alex}, date = {2020-07-20}, year = {2020}, month = {7}, day = {20}, }