1932- Born in Seoul, Korea. He is an avant-garde practitioner of Video Art, Performance Art and Installation Art.
From 1953 to 1956, studied at University of Tokyo where he wrote his thesis on composer Arnold Schoenberg.
In 1956, he moved to Germany for graduate study in music history and composition. There he participated in "Fluxus," performing his own compositions and experimenting with television.
In 1964, Paik settled permanently in New York. Collaborated with John Cage. At this point, he was primarily interested in Electronic music.
Fond of creating large scale installations using TV sets; sometimes involving 100's of sets. It often involves modifying the circuitry of the sets so he can achieve effects never before seen.
Artists who worked with Paik at one point or another include:
His work is in the permanent collection of:
There was a major retrospective of Paik's work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the spring of 2000.
Friedman, Ken, Editor, "The Fluxus Reader", John Wiley and Sons, West Sussex, 1998.
Hendricks, Jon, "Fluxus Codex", Harry N. Abrams, NY, 1995.
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