THE SELLING OF NEW YORK
Pop

Nam June Paik
7.20 min
USA 1972

"New York is a sucked orange." Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A series of short segments designed for WNET's late-night television schedule, Paik critiques the selling of New York by multinational corporations, and the city's role as the master of the media and information industries. Russell Connor is the ubiquitous television announcer whose droning statistical information on New York is ridiculed by a series of “average” New Yorkers; a burglar steals the TV set on which we see his talking head. Intercut throughout this comic scenario are appropriated Japanese TV commercials of American products.” (Electronic Arts Intermix)

Nam June Paik
(1932–06) Korea / USA

Korean-born artist Nam June Paik was a seminal figure in video art. His video sculptures, installations, performances and single-channel videos encompassed one of the most influential bodies of work in electronic media art. Merging global communications theories with an irreverent Fluxus sensibility, his work in music, performance and video explored the juncture of art, technology, and popular culture. Paik, who is international recognized as a visionary artist died in 2006.

www.paikstudios.com

The Selling Of New York, Nam June Paik, USA 1972

Nam June Paik, The Selling of New York, 1972 © courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

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