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N018_Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer
Date/ 1969(1972)
Artist(Credit Line)/ NAM JUNE PAIK
Credit Line/ Courtesy of NAM JUNE PAIK ART CENTER
Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer 1969-1972
Nam June Paik created Video Synthesizer in Germany and New York, USA, with Shuya Abe, Japanese engineer whom he had collaborated with since 1964. They continued to improve it for many years to come at various institutions such as WBGH broadcasting station. Nam June Paik refined on the editing functions of the machine in order to produce video tapes to be used on TV sets and other installation works. He developed techniques such as deleting certain information from and adding colors to the recorded images, thus, transforming them ultimately, by using Video Synthesizer. Video Synthesizer was exhibited in [Electronic Art III] held at Bonino Gallery in New York in 1971.
Nam June Paik’s goal was to create a machine which anyone can play like the piano. In fact, Video Synthesizer received simultaneously seven visual images from other sources such as video cameras, and edited them real-time. Nam-June Paik proclaimed in his manifesto [Versatile Video Synthesizer] as follows,

This will enable us to shape the TV screen canvas
as precisely as Leonardo
as freely as Picasso
as colorfully as Renoir
as profoundly as Mondrian
as violently as Pollock and
as lyrically as Jasper Johns.
(Source: Kat. Nam June Paik, Videa ‘n Videology 1959–1973, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, 1974 p.55)
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