Jun 27, 2015 ― Jan 17, 2016
Nam June Paik Art Center, Gallery 1
Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Manfred Leve, Peter Moore, Ben Patterson, Ben Vautier
(Then) Some specific frustrations caused by cybernated life, require accordingly cybernated shock and catharsis.
-Nam June Paik
Few artists of our age used as many media as Nam June Paik—or, perhaps more accurately, worked “between” as many media. Paik was an artist who developed an intermedial approach, emphasizing not a single, pure medium but the dialectic between media. In the exhibition titled Intermedia Theatre, Nam June Paik Art Center presents the arena where art media and life media collide with each other— where Paik would be the most dramatic actor. He draws a line on the floor with his head, smashes a violin in a single blow, and creates a beautiful sound by destroying a piano. The narratives he makes from music unfold with boring everyday life, shocking violence and accidents and, above all things, humor. The solution for his art and life is always found in intermedia, even in spite of the emergence of various unexpected technologies. He puts happening in video and video in laser.
In this theatre, Paik invades the safe distance the audience puts between itself and the stage; a safe appreciation is no longer possible. The artist brings a new variable into our life, whispering to us to try to mix whatever media we have and manipulate space and time. This is how a Paik-style catharsis turns out to be of great use for “spiritual maturity.”
Hosted and Organized by
Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation