Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

  • Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2002.23, © Nam June Paik Estate

Nam June Paik is hailed as the father of video art and is credited with the first use of the term electronic superhighway” in the 1970s. He recognized the potential for people from all parts of the world to collaborate via media, and he knew that media would completely transform our lives. Electronic Superhighway — constructed of 336 televisions, 50 DVD players, 3,750 feet of cable, and 575 feet of multicolored neon tubing — is a testament to the ways media defined one man’s understanding of a diverse nation.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii
Artist
Date
1995
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
approx. 15404 ft.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums Description
fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Object – written matter – map
  • Object – furniture – television
  • Landscape – United States
Object Number
2002.23
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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Technology

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Nam June Paik Archive

Research Material: Correspondence, ephemera and performance documentation; writings on art, history and technology; video and audio tapes; production notes for video and television projects; sketches, notebooks, models and plans for video installations;

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