Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Nam June Paik, 1995, 49-channel closed circuit video installation, neon, steel and electronic components, approx. 15 x 40 x 4 ft., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2002.23
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Explore a photograph of our video installation Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii using the "zoom" tool. The controls under the image allow you to zoom in (+) and out (-). Use the arrows or your mouse to move about this hypnotic landscape. Can you identify the iconic footage that represents your state? (Sorry! Alaska and Hawaii are not seen in this photo.)
To design this monumental map of the United States, the artist Nam June Paik arranged 336 televisions on a scaffold and overlaid it with almost 600 feet of neon. Fifty DVD players send multimedia simultaneously to screens populating each state. Often classic Hollywood films are the source, as clips from the Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, and Showboat transport viewers to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana respectively.