Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World

  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World
  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World
  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World
  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World
  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World

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  • Nam June Paik: Transforming Cultures, Connecting the World

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  • Throughout his life, Nam June Paik lived in disparate places such as Seoul, Tokyo, Dusseldorf and New York, where he found artistic camaraderie and which were the arenas for creative experiment. Paik’s unique take on eastern and western philosophies and cultures in his technology-based practice was inspired by the vision of a transnationally and technologically connected world. Influenced by his interest in the history of colonialism, war, immigration and globalisation, Paik’s international trajectory was exceptional at a time when travelling across borders was rare and difficult. Identifying what is Korean, Japanese, German or American about Paik’s art would be a futile task, for his practice was always related to a global community of creators and viewers. Paik freely dipped into diverse cultures and new technologies in a manner he described as ‘random access’. He selected various elements of civilisations past and present, eastern and western, and established a hybrid construct that defied any assumed characteristics of specific countries or cultures of origin. This lecture will address Paik’s vision of a world intertwined without national borders or cultural hierarchies that resonates strongly with our increasingly networked and digitally connected reality.

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