We Are In Open Circuits: Writings By Nam June Paik

October 1, 2019|
We Are In Open Circuits: Writings By Nam June Paik by Nam June Paik
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Essays, project plans, and correspondence from across Nam Jun Paik''s career, much of it previously out of print or unpublished.

Nam June Paik (1932–2006) is a pivotal figure in the history of modern art. Arguably the most important video artist of all time, and certainly among the most influential and prolific, Paik was a legendary innovator who transformed the electronic moving image into an artist''s medium. He wrote incessantly—corresponding with friends, composing performance scores, making production notes for television projects, drafting plans for video installations, writing essays and articles. Celebrated for his visionary development of new artistic tools and for his pioneering work in video and television, Paik often wrote to sharpen his thinking and hone his ideas. He used the typewriter to fashion sentences that broke apart and reassembled themselves as he wrote, producing both poetic texts and aesthetic objects on the page. This first extensive collection of Paik''s writings includes many previously unpublished and out-of-print texts.

Drawing on materials from the Smithsonian American Art Museum''s Nam June Paik Archive and from a range of international publications, We Are in Open Circuits offers important but long-unavailable essays, including “Global Groove and Video Common Market”; unpublished writings on such topics as his creative partnership with the cellist Charlotte Moorman and the role of public television; a substantial part of his compilation “Scrutable Chinese”; and detailed plans for some of his groundbreaking broadcast works, including the trio Good Morning, Mr. Orwell (1984), Bye Bye Kipling (1986), and Wrap Around the World (1988). It also includes nearly 150 pages that reproduce Paik''s original typed and handwritten pages, letting readers see his writing in various stages of inspiration and execution.

John G. Hanhardt is an independent curator of film and the media arts and has curated Nam June Paik retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.Gregory Zinman is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech.Edith Decker-Phillip...
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Title:We Are In Open Circuits: Writings By Nam June Paik
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:464 pages, 11.31 X 8.81 X 1.5 in
Shipping dimensions:464 pages, 11.31 X 8.81 X 1.5 in
Published:October 1, 2019
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262039802

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