Nam June Paik Becoming Robotby Michelle Yun
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Edited by Melissa Chiu and Michelle Yun; With contributions by Kenzo Digital, John Godfrey, Christian Jankowski, David Joselit, Jon Kessler, John Maeda, Yoko Ono, and Bill Viola This new, fully illustrated catalogue on the celebrated progenitor of video art, Nam June Paik (1932–2006), brings together a host of scholars, artists, and Paik’s own collaborators to illuminate the work of this innovative artist. An essay by curator Michelle Yun takes readers through Paik’s highly original career, providing insight into his radical and witty experiments with technology, especially in relation to the body, which he viewed as vital platforms for the future of art, science, and popular culture. A roundtable discussion with three of Paik’s own artistic collaborators and statements by contemporary artists shed light on the collaborative process and Paik’s enduring influence on artistic practice today. Drawing on the newly established Nam June Paik Archive at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this book also features never-before-published primary sources that highlight Paik’s prescient attitude towards the integration of increasingly indispensable technologies into modern life. Melissa Chiu is museum director and senior vice president of global arts and cultural programs and Michelle Yun is curator of modern and contemporary art, both at Asia Society, New York. (Asia Society, Sept 2014, HC, 224pp)
About the Author
Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum. Prior to her appointment to Asia Society, Yun was the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries. She has previously served as the project director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and as a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, in addition to organizing numerous independently curated exhibitions. Ms. Yun is also a frequent lecturer on modern and contemporary Chinese art and has taught at SUNY New Paltz, Columbia University, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her writings have been included in many publications, among them Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue, published in conjunction with her exhibition at Hunter College; Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want To Believe, published by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; entries in the Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists and The Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford University Press; Greater New York, the 2003 exhibition organized by PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art; and Artforum International.More information on the author >>