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
I was able to catch this exhibition, really terrific stuff:
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.
My love for Paek was not unconditional, and not without problems,
& criticisms but all in all he was a unique and special person in many
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
Minjoong art, Morman, Cage, Bueys, etc. And i would love to hear from
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.