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NJP Reader #4 – Exposition of Music
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NJP Reader _4
Seong Eun Kim, Won Jung Shin, Shan Lim, Lutz Koepnick, Simon Shaw-Miller, Ina Blom, Sang Ae Park
Nam June Paik Art Center
On the wavelength of Exposition of Music echoing down the ages

NJP Reader #4, marking the 50th anniversary of Nam June Paik’s Exposition of Music – Electronic Television held in Wuppertal in 1963, sheds new light on the historic exhibition by which Paik invalidated the boundary between art and music and moved towards a media artist. In this issue, Paik’s own introduction and postscript to Exposition of Music are accompanied by a kind of who’s who dictionary to help understand the rather difficult texts of Paik’s. Exploring the space between the lines like navigating a maze, you are invited to discover Paik’s ideas and thoughts back then. What follows are five papers dealing with the significance and importance of Exposition of Music in depth from multiple perspectives. Some of these papers analyze the poster and program flyer, and the curatorial space of the exhibition, reflecting on Paik’s artistic and political intentionality embodied in the ‘architecture of complexity.’ Other papers situate Exposition of Music in art history, music history and the social histories of film and media, bringing in such diverse references as Oberhausen Manifesto, Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, Alfred N. Whitehead’s philosophical concept. These are to probe what the exhibition suggests to the art environment today. The discussion of the authors in the 6th Gift of Nam June Paik symposium was an incubator of leads for the papers. As with Guadalcanal Requiem in NJP Reader #3, this issue contains a detailed analysis of sequences of Paik’s videotape Suite 212 from Nam June Paik Art Center Video Archives. Aired on WNET/Channel 13 in 1975, this series portrays the 1970s New York in the typical electronic collage of Paik’s with musical rhythm.

  • Seong Eun Kim(Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center) My Television is Physical Music — A Who’s Who Companion to Paik’s Introduction and Afterlude
  • Nam June Paik Introduction to Exposition of Music — Electronic Television / Afterlude to the Exposition of Experimental Television
  • Won Jung Shin(PhD candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) Reading (between) the Lines — Nam June Paik’s Wuppertal Exhibition
  • Shan Lim(Prof. Dongduk Women’s University) Nam June Paik, Curator
  • Lutz Koepnick(Prof. Vanderbilt University) Experimental Television @50: Paik and Screen-Based Installation Art Today
  • Simon Shaw-Miller(Prof. University of Bristol) Exposition of Music: Nam June Paik, Marcel Duchamp, the Idea and Objects of Music
  • Ina Blom(Prof. University of Oslo) Becoming Video: The Prehension of Painting
  • Symposium Panel Discussion — Musically Yours, 1963-2013
  • Sang Ae Park(Archivist, Nam June Paik Art Center) Suite 212: Video Tape Analysis

(ISSN 2092-9315, 271pages)

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