RIP Paek Nam Joon


    Jan 30 2006 | 8:58 pm
    and on new years no less..
    R.I.P.

    • Jan 31 2006 | 11:25 am
      I know I can read the bio and such, but can you tell me your own experiences of this artist and how it has had an effect on you? I have never heard of him, personally.
    • Jan 31 2006 | 1:33 pm
      He's definitely worth learning about. As far as 'own experience', I bet
      there are a few people who have been fortunate enough to work with him,
      but anyone doing video art owes a debt to him (under 'video synthesizer'
      the Wikipedia lists him as the "father of video art" (I wonder who the
      mother was?).
      I was able to catch this exhibition, really terrific stuff:
      Fluxus has also had a lot of influence on many of us. I was sorry to hear
      of Paik's death.
      brad
    • Jan 31 2006 | 3:26 pm
      I was greatly saddened to learn of his death. He was a great visionary, with his theoretical work mapping out areas now part of the copy-left/open source debate, and his video pieces still stand out now.
    • Jan 31 2006 | 4:31 pm
      > but anyone doing video art owes a debt to him (under 'video synthesizer'
      > the Wikipedia lists him as the "father of video art" (I wonder who the
      > mother was?).
      Steina Vasulka, of course.
      Nam June Paik is one of my absolute heroes.
      The world has lost a truly inspirational figure.
      --
      AB
    • Feb 01 2006 | 12:17 am
      My love for Paek was not unconditional, and not without problems,
      conflicts
      & criticisms but all in all he was a unique and special person in many
      ways
      and also very funny.
      If we could sit around with a pitcher of beer i would gladly tell you
      all the funny
      stories i know and talk about his work, his complex relationship to his
      homeland, Fluxus,
      Minjoong art, Morman, Cage, Bueys, etc. And i would love to hear from
      others too.
      But it is too complex a web to weave over e-mail. I would encourage you
      though to check the
      library and make your own assessments. There are so many good books
      that document his work
      and many interviews to boot. For the record, his interviews in Korean
      are just as bizarre and
      incomprehensible as his English. hee hee. ( always remember that Cage
      like interview he gave Calvin
      Tomkins on PBS, from the top of a ladder).
      Anyway, every time i fire up Jitter (which admittedly is really
      infrequently as a card carrying mono-media
      composer) i think of him.
      -kevin parks--
      UVa.