This show features a wide range of work by the Korean-born American artist, widely considered to be the first video artist and one of the main instigators of the phrase Information Superhighway. His early work experimented with the Neo-Dada art movement known as Fluxus, which is primarily inspired by sound manipulation and music. His debut piece featured televisions displaying images distorted by magnets. Once he had relocated to New York he continued to pursue his fascination with sound and collaborated to with cellist Charlotte Moorman, combining video with music and performance. Paik should perhaps be considered as a little ahead of his time, making robots out of television sets and placing small TV screens onto the front of Charlotte Moorman's bra, which she wore whilst playing her cello. Though this caused a stir, at least it didn't cause her to get arrested as was the case in 1967 when she appeared topless in one of Paik's performances; shocking! Since his death in 2006 his work has continued to be widely exhibited. His neon piece Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii still draws audiences to the Smithsonian. In 2001 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Award and this latest retrospective pays further tribute to the revolutionary artist.
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