Nam June Paik
b. 1932, Seoul, South Korea. d. 2006, Miami, Florida, USA
Nam June Paik is best known as the father of video art, and as a key artist who has shaped the scope of electronic visual art in the 20th century. Understanding the pervasive influence and artistic potential of television from as early as the 1960s, Paik sought to transform video and electronics into a sculptural medium, exploring the material and ephemeral qualities of technology. His prolific practice manifested itself through a broad use of media including television montage, broadcasts, single-channel videos and performances. His works often seek to humanize technology and playfully liberate us from the tyranny of its prescribed functions.