“Beatles Electronique” reveals engagement with manipulation of pop icons. Several pieces, including Electronic Fables, are examples of Paik’s early experiments with electronic image manipulation, prior to his invention of the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer. This piece also makes use of anecdotes by John Cage, who was a major influence as well as a collaborator of Paik. –ubu.com
Nam June Paik was the first video artist who experimented with electronic media and made a profound impact on the art of video and television. He coined the phrase “Information Superhighway” in 1974, and has been called the “father of video art.”
He was born Nam June Paik on July 20, 1932 in Seoul, South Korea. He was the fifth son of a textile manufacturer. Young Paik was fond of music and art, he studied piano in Seoul. In 1950 the Paik family fled from the Korean War, first to Hong Kong, and later to Japan. There he graduated from the University of Tokyo (1956), where he studied art, music history, and philosophy, and wrote a thesis on Arnold Schönberg.
Paik continued his music studies in Germany. He collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, who inspired his transition into electronic arts. In 1959 he performed his “Hommage a John Cage” with pre-recorded music and motorcycle, with participation of people and live chicken. Paik also carried out experimental… read more