Nixon is one of Nam June Paik’s earliest experimental televisions. Signals created from the generator are amplified by the amp, and electric currents flow through the coils installed on the two monitors. The currents flow on each coil one after another through a switch, which distorts the electric signals of the screen, creating comical images of former American president Richard Nixon. Nixon was defeated by John F. Kennedy as he failed to utilize the media in the famous TV debate with Kennedy in 1960. Paik created this work by witnessing the turning point in the effects of media.
Nam June Paik
2 CRT TV sets, 2 enamel coils, 1 audio generator, 1 McIntosh amplifier, 2 condensers, 1 video distributor, 1 switcher box, 1-channel video, color, silent, VHS tape