Paik, Nam June (RELATED, Archive), World sic First Video-Tape sic Monthly Magazine, 1967, vintage photocopy on paper; single-sided, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Nam June Paik Archive; Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate, NJP.1.PAPERS.9
Paik consistently explored how the human experience would change, sometimes radically, under pressure from new technologies. His homemade avatar Robot K‑456 and Moorman, his most frequent collaborators in the 1960s and ’70s, each illustrated future possibilities for different types of electronic embodiment.
K‑456 made its New York debut alongside Paik in 1964, suggesting that artists as well as factory workers could one day be replaced by robots.
The flyer promoting this Robot Opera pictured the awkward automaton, with a smattering of press quotes on one side and an explanatory
manifesto on the other. Paik scrawled “Paik Robot” in marker over a typed invitation to his studio that also includes his prediction for the next trend in electronic substitutions: “tele-pets.” His Video-Tape Monthly Magazine likewise promises home-delivery of interactive TV versions of several artists, including himself and Moorman, for $100.
World sic First Video-Tape sic Monthly Magazine
- overall: 11 in. x 8 1⁄2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Nam June Paik Archive; Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate
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