Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV [In-Person Only]
Wed May 24: 7.00pm PDT
Thu May 25: 7.00pm PDT
Fri May 26: 7.00pm PDT
Sat May 27: 4.00pm PDT, 7.00pm PDT
Sun May 28: 4.00pm PDT, 7.00pm PDT
Wed May 31: 8.00pm PDT
$14 General Admission
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(Amanda Kim, US, 2022, 109 min, in English)
The George Washington of Video Art Cultural Terrorist Citizen Zero of the Electronic Superhighway But who really was Nam June Paik, pillar of the American avant-garde in the 20th century and arguably the most famous Korean artist in modern history? Director Amanda Kim tells the story of Paiks meteoric rise in the New York art scene and his Nostradamus-like visions of a future in which everybody will have his own TV channel. Paiks future is now our present; Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV shows us how we got here.
Kims documentary charts Paiks artistic evolution by tracing his formative education in Munich and his life-changing encounter with avant-garde musician John Cage, through his immigration to New York City and collaboration with the seminal experimental Fluxus movement, into his revolutionary work with video artincluding his radical public television broadcasts of Global Groove in 1973 and Good Morning, Mr. Orwell in 1984and beyond, into Paiks lasting influence on the art world and his predictions of our technological future.
Featuring an extensive archive of performance footage, original interviews from Paiks contemporaries and collaborators, and a voiceover narration of Nam June Paiks writings read by Executive Producer Steven Yeun, this film is a timely meditation on the contradictory ways in which technology elicits both fascist tendencies and intercultural understanding.
Amanda Kims feature doc is as sprightly as the man whose life she follows. Theres an innocence here, and an enigmatic genius at play. Theres a great deal of charm and humor to Paiks work, and to this film, but its anchored by his perceptiveness and ability to contemplate weighty themes and, yes, to anticipate the future. Paiks daring Good Morning Mr. Orwell live New Year telecast from Paris and the US at the start of 1984, anchored by an increasingly drunken George Plimpton, is a highlight of the film. Fionnuala Halligan, Screen
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