Exploring Nam June Paik’s art and life from a more multilateral perspective, it is necessary to draw on not only written materials but on oral sources from those who engaged with Paik directly or indirectly. The interview series was hence initiated in 2008, and comprises interviews of figures related to Paik in different ways, such as artists, theorists, curators, friends, technicians and collectors. Aiming at offering oral history interviews in a written format, Nam June Paik Art Center plans to annually publish a monograph series, titled as Nam June Paik Art Center Interviews. The first issue of the series dealing with interviews with Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath, a former Director of Kunsthalle Bremen has been published in the autumn of 2012. The second issue, interviewing with three media art conservation specialists, Hanna Holling, Dr. Bernhard Serexhe, and Dr. Glenn Wharton, covered the topic of media art conservation focusing on Nam June Paik’s artwork, and published in 2013. The third issue covers interviews with Peter Brotzmann and Takehisa Kosugi, sharing memories about Nam June Paik in the 1960’s, working together for Paik’s exhibition as well as concerts.
The fourth issue includes interviews with Mary Bauermeister and correspondence between Nam June Paik and Mary Bauermeister. The book covers letters sent to Bauermeister in the middle of 1960’s and the early of 1970’s from Paik and Bauermeister’s interview reminiscing about days told in letters. Letters and interview show two young artists’ friendship and art practice. Some letters contain Paik’s hand drawings regarding artwork.
- Prologue Sang Ae Park
- Interview Mary Bauermeister
- Letter Index
- Letters Mary Bauermeister, Nam June Paik