March 15 > 30 | Salle Gilbert-Gaillard | 2, rue Saint-Pierre 

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TV Buddha

1974 |  Video Installation | Statue, television, camera

When Nam June Paik presented 13 prepared televisions in the manner of John Cage and his pianos, he entered the history of art by creating the first work of video art in 1963. Fascinated by television, he explored all its aspects, its means of expression and its technology, even inventing processes that have become classic, such as TV duplex or multiplex broadcasting.

The presentation of TV Buddha is a reminder, a duty of memory along with a landmark that today’s video, digital artists, and the public must know. By its philosophical dimension, its aesthetics, this installation still questions, today as yesterday, what moves us.

Nam June Paik is a South Korean artist born in Seoul on July 20, 1932 who died in Miami on January 29, 2006. He used various media in his work and is considered the creator of video art. Among other distinctions, he is the recipient of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Award in 1995 and the Kyoto Award in 1998.

Nam June Paik‘s work consists of video installations in which he introduces musical instruments and television monitors that he modifies to divert them from their original function. Unlike cinema, video art is less a matter of filming than of working on the material of the electronic image itself. Nam June Paik manipulates images and sounds, superimposing them, altering them, stretching them and accelerating them to make them unrecognizable. By revealing the technical process of television, the artist unveils the simulacrum of the television image and updates its ideological and technological nature.