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Title: Intermedial art and cybernetic vision : Nam June Paik in Germany, 1956 - 63
Author: Lim, Shan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 6688
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This study traces Nam June Paik's intermedial art and cybernetic vision in his German period (1956-63) from the diverse activities as an Action Musician to the making of electronic media artwork. Most of the information was gathered from Paik's writings, correspondences and interviews. Much literature ofPaik extols the new possibilities offered by Video Art, but Paik's early days in Germany, and his intermedial practice and cybernetic strategy of the period have been little explored. This study attempts to examine Paik's German period based on the concepts of intermedia and Cybernetics. Part I (chapters 1-3) provides the historical and conceptual background ofPaik's art. It explains how Paik's avant-garde spirit began during his childhood; and it shows, in turn, how it had been developed to his dissertation on Arnold Schonberg in post-war Japan. Part I then focuses on the post-war techno-cultural discourses as tools for Paik's understanding of the relationship between electronic technology and human sensory perception before examining ./ the art historical context ofPaik's art through such avant-garde practices as Richard Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk, John Cage's Experimental Music, the Darmstadt School and Fluxus. Part II (chapters 4-6) analyses Paik's artistic activities in Germany from a view of intermedia and Cybernetics. It is intended to contribute to an interdisciplinary project of mapping the early history ofNam June Paik's art. It argues that Paik German period represented an aesthetical moment in which the intermedial communication between body, language and technology were being reconfigured, and it suggests that Cybernetics played a significant role in framing Paik's ideas about complexity, interactivity, and participative creativity around this shifting technological landscape.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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