T.V. Clock

  • Nam June Paik, Paik, Nam June (RELATED, Archive), T.V. Clock, 1963/1981, eleven fixed-image televisions, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate, NJP.1.TV.42.1-.11

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Nam June Paik's T.V. Clock transforms time into a sculptural electronic object. In this seminal work of art, Paik rendered the hours through a single line drawn in electric light on a modified TV screen. Paik's minimal electronic mark, which is tethered to the sophisticated and global apparatus of TV, unleashes a host of ideas about our shared experience of time, through technology, space, cultures, and connectivity. Nam June Paik exhibited many versions of T.V. Clock.

Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015
T.V. Clock
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate

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eleven fixed-image televisions
  • Object – furniture – television
  • Object – furniture – clock
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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;