Nam June Paik
For those of us interested in multimedia and video, some sad news: Nam June Paik has passed. He was 73 and considered a pioneer in video art. Here's an exerpt from the New York Times:
"Mr. Paik's career spanned half a century, three continents and several artmediums, ranging through music, theater and found-object art. He once builthis own robot. But his chief means of expression was television, which heapproached with a winning combination of visionary wildness, technologicalsavvy and high entertainment values. His work could be kitschy, visuallydazzling and profound, sometimes all at once, and was often irresistiblyfunny and high-spirited.At his best, Mr. Paik exaggerated and subverted accepted notions about boththe culture and the technology of television while immersing viewers in itsvisual beauty and exposing something deeply irrational at its center. Hepresciently coined the term "electronic superhighway" in 1974, grasping theessence of global communications and seeing the possibilities oftechnologies that were barely born. He usually did this while managing tobe both palatable and subversive. In recent years, Mr. Paik's enormousAmerican flags, made from dozens of sleek monitors whose synchronizedpatterns mixed everything from pinups to apple pie at high, almostsubliminal velocity, could be found in museums and corporate lobbies."
For more information on Paik's work, click here