Namjune Paik is well known for creating works based on individuals who gave him inspiration. From his friends to Tang Dynasty poet Taebaek Lee, his subjects range across time and place, and subject piece is of an English filmmaker, Alfred Hitchkock.
In Paik’s 20s and 30s, Hitchkock was widely famed for his movies, ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Birds,’ acclaimed as a talented filmmaker producing human fear and anxiety in the purest form. Heavily inspired by this ingenious director, Paik placed the main characters, animals, and objects of ‘The Bird’ around the cabinet and sprayed paint over them. Paik’s work presents a substantial tone as though seeing the maestros’ reunion and an opportunity to view media art in a more exciting way.
Video artist, composer, and avant-gardist, the famous Namjun Paik was born in 1932 in Seoul. He was educated in Seoul, Hong Kong and Japan, where he majored in art history.
Afterwards he moved to Germany and actively worked with other avant-gardists at the time. He expanded his artworks away from the previous art norms and customs, and into radical performances. To Paik who was back then exploring art forms using new medium, media was a great subject to explore various potentials. He saw media as a positive means to connect time and space and would forecast the near future of digital network. He then moved to the U.S. to explore his works using video in full swing. He combined video clips not just with other clips, but with sculptures and installation pieces and invented a synthesizer to edit them easily. Adding music and studies of human body to his works, Paik began to create his own world of art. As an experimental artist, Paik saw that the artists’ responsibility was the cause for the future and pursued global communication and connectivity through art. Today, he is recognized as a scientist, philosopher, and an engineer at the same time, with descriptions like ‘pioneer of new artist’ and ‘futurologist with foresight’ to highlight his character.