Nam June Paik: Selected Works
Feb 1 ― Feb 18, 2021
Nam June Paik: Selected Works comprises Paik’s single channel videos from Nam June Paik Art Center Video Archives. Global Groove and Suite 212, produced under both WGBH and WNET’s auspices in the 1970’s, visualize Paik’s idea which envisions video as social as well as creative media for human ecology. Global Groove, mentioned as “Musical Ecology” by Paik himself, is progressive sum-totaling of global music resources, showing music and dance with synthesized images. It suggests expansion and understanding of different cultures in the world through nonverbal communication. Suite 212, a set of electronic collages of New York City, displays various colors, sounds, shapes of images captured from metropolitan areas. Series of videos from Suite 212 deliver social, artistic, political, and aesthetic messages in Paik’s unique playful ways. Nam June Paik’s visual message shall be resonated in this unprecedented pandspanic situation, comforting exhausted souls in the world.
The TICK TACK program is dual. By day, TT presents exhibitions, at sunset, the window transforms into a projection screen under the name Cinema TICK TACK (CTT). CTT is an exclusive public platform for moving image works. Reaching numerous passers-by and commuters on a daily basis, CTT serves as a channel, stimulating a connection in its urban setting. As a result, both day and night, TICK TACK constantly challenges the physical and mental boundaries between inside and out.
From February until July 2021, CTT presents a unique collaboration with the Nam June Paik Art Center, Liedts-Meesen Foundation/Zebrastraat and Steina & Woody Vasulka. The program, divided in three chapters, will screen selected works by Nam June Paik, Steina & Woody Vasulka and nominees of the New Technological Art Awards (organized by the Liedts-Meesen Foundation). This collaboration brings together historical and contspanporary video art, offering a unique glimpse of past and present use of technology in art.