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.
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
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