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Nam June Paik Art Center Interviews: Shuya Abe, Jung Sung Lee
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30 September 2016
Sang Ae Park
Nam June Paik Art Center

Nam June Paik Art Center Interviews: Shuya Abe, Jung Sung Lee

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 fifth issue comprises the interviews of an engineer and a technician who had closely worked with Name June Paik for significant amount of time. A Japanese engineer, Shuya Abe had produced video synthesizer with Paik in 1969, and, from 1963 to the early of the 1970’s, he had also facilitated early television experiments and implementation of robot functions for longer durability. Nam June Paik had referred to Shuya Abe as the greatest doctor for him as Abe resolved issues Paik had in applying technology to the arts. If Abe had provided technical advice in the early stage, Jung Sung Lee had assisted in the technical realization of the video wall series produced after the end of the 1980’s. Lee had participated in the production of large-scale video wall works and exhibition installation with Paik for about twenty years since 1988. Two professionals who worked with Paik unveil the background of production and technical implementation process, and also disclose anecdotes with Paik at the scene. In addition, the inclusive drawings and blueprints of engineers as well as sketches of Paik for the work production and installation allow us to catch a glimpse of technical attributes within works of art.

  • Sketches and Drawings
  • Prologue
    – Sang Ae Park
  • Interview
    – Shuya Abe, Jung Sung Lee
(ISBN 978-89-97128-30-3, 103pages, KRW10,000)
Korea Open Government License
Korea Open Government License
Attribution (BY), Non-commercial (NC), No Derivative Works (ND)
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