Father of Video Art Paik Nam-june Dies

Paik greatly influenced the art scene in the latter half of the 20th century, playing a critical role in lifting video into the realm of art.

Born in Seoul in 1932, Paik studied art history at Tokyo University, where he wrote his thesis on Modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg. He went to Germany to pursue his interest in avant-garde music and performance at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet, Munich. There, he collaborated with such artists as Joseph Beuys and met composer John Cage, whose ideas had a tremendous influence on his work.

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Doug Aitken @ MOMA


The Museum of Modern Art and Creative Time present Doug Aitken’s Sleepwalkers. This nighttime installtion comprises eight large-scale moving image projected around the Museum and on its facades, enliving the architecture with the nocturnal journeys of five city inhabitants – a bicycle messenger (played by Ryan Donowho), an electrician (Seu Jorge), a postal worker (Chan Marshall), a businessman (Donald Sutherland), and an office owrker (Tilda Swinton) – as they awaken in the evening and make thier way into the city.


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