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Nam June Paik, demonstration and performance

Year: 1975, 29 mins
Code: CAT-Nam

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Nam June Paik, Korean-born avant garde composer, assisted by cellist Charlotte Moorman, in a presentation of several pieces that explore his art. Paik, who revels in the description of himself as "the world's most famous bad pianist" and "the George Washington of video art", has been pushing at the boundaries of electronic music since the possibilities of synthesized music and video first appeared.
Here he presents "Global Groove", "The Medium Is the Medium", and "Paik Meets Beethoven" (which he created for the Boston Symphony.) Paik, who had an advanced formal education at Tokyo University and the University of Munich, and studied at the Freiburg Conservatory, was turned into his path as a master nontraditionalist by meeting the avant garde composer John Cage.

Nam June Paik was a Korean American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the founder of video art. He is credited with an early usage of the term "electronic super highway" in application to telecommunications. Madeline Charlotte Moorman was an American cellist, performance artist, and advocate for avant-garde music. Referred to as the "Jeanne d'Arc of new music", she was the founder of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York and a frequent collaborator with Korean artist Nam June Paik.

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