Nam June Paik: Moon in the Oldest TV
Directed by Amanda Kim
$12 | $8 Speed members
“There’s a great deal of charm and humor to Paik’s work, and to this film, but it’s anchored by his perceptiveness and ability to contemplate weighty themes — and, yes, to anticipate the future.”—Fionnuala Halligan, Screen
The father of video art and coiner of the term “electronic superhighway,” Nam June Paik was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Born in Japan-occupied Korea, Paik studied as a classical musician before moving to Germany in the 1950s. A consummate shape-shifter, subversive trickster, pioneer of experimental “interventions” (he called “action music”), and, according to friends, speaker of nine languages (all badly).
Forever changed after encountering avant-garde composer John Cage, Paik became a member of the influential experimental art movement Fluxus, which created new forms of art and performance. Eventually immigrating to the United States, he became fully engaged with television and video art in a way that would revolutionize how the world thinks of image-making in the electronic age.
First-time feature director Amanda Kim tells the remarkable story of Paik as a citizen of the world and a trailblazing artist, who both saw the present and predicted the future with astonishing clairvoyance. With Steven Yeun (Burning, Minari) reading Paik’s own written words—showcasing the artist’s strategic playfulness and immense creativity—Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV is a celebration of perhaps the most modern artist of all time. 2023, U.S., DCP, 107 minutes. Recommended for 16+