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Nam June Paik’s 429 Old TVs

Although it sorta reminds me of childhood trips to the electronics store at the mall, Nam June Paik’s Chase Information Wall seems incredibly dated, although only 21 years old. Made from 429 exquisitely obsolete televisions, the installation is very early MTV, buzzing with imagery from CNN, Merce Cunningham, David Bowie, business reports, all spliced together along the lobby wall.

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The piece was probably extremely high tech when installed in the Chase Manhattan Bank lobby in 1992, appearing at once like a surveillance system and an art installation. The relic brings a little bit of the energy of Times Square to Brooklyn.

Who: Nam June Paik

What: Chase Information Wall

Where: 4 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn

Image ©David Ewalt Instagram

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  1. […] Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut began working together in the 1960′s and collaborated on several short pieces throughout their time together. Using both B&W and color 16mm film, footage was captured and electromagnetically distorted (a method that Nam June Paik used quite frequently during this time). Then a second taping was completed filming the shadows of various objects projected overtop the footage of the moon to create the end product. In Electronic Moon No. 2, electromagnetic charges create an effect that mirrors and compliments the rhythmic motion of the water. The accompanying sound is Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller, a classic sound in contrast to this avant-garde media of the time, createing an environment that feels familiar and comfortable in the face of this new and unusual art. […]



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