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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Nam June Paik, RIP

Posted by on January 31 at 16:26 PM

The Score columnist Christopher DeLaurenti notes the passing of an avant-garde legend:

Pioneering video artist Nam June Paik passed on. CNN has an obituary and you can see his work here as well as read a good summary of his work here.

Famed among musicians for cutting John Cage’s necktie in concert, Paik transformed television screens into orbs of hallucinatory disorder. He was a key member of the 1960s Fluxus movement. Paik’s “Danger Music No. 5” instructs the performer to crawl into the vagina of a living female whale; in “Opera Sextronique,” performed in 1967, Paik’s body served as a fingerboard for the bare-breasted cellist Charlotte Moorman; photos of Paik’s “TV Bra for Living Sculpture” (1969) remain standard illustrations in music history textbooks.