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Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik Born in South Korea in 1932

I saw ‘TV Buddha’ by video sculpture Nam June Paik at the Tate Modern in 2019 – it was a great opportunity for me to see his amazing and innovative work. Tv Buddha was the star of the show for me.

TV Buddha was first produced in 1974. In the work, a Buddha statue watches an image of itself on a TV screen. The screen’s image is produced by a live video camera trained on the Buddha statue.

Nam June Paik’s experimental, innovative, yet playful work has had a profound influence on today’s art and culture. He pioneered the use of TV and video in art and coined the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ to predict the future of communication in the internet age.