Good Morning Mr. Orwell Redux
On January 1, 1984 Nam June Paik celebrated the first day of the year that George Orwell predicted humans will finally be controlled by mass media by unveiling his piece Good Morning, Mr. Orwell.
The installation, which gave birth to video art, was a satellite TV compilation showing the positive utilization of mass media by means of art. In other words the opposite of Orwell’s dystopia. The show was a collaboration of around “30 teams, 100 artists and 4 broadcasters and aired music, fine arts, performance, fashion show and comedy that crossed the border between popular and avantgarde art in real time. Above all, these various genres of arts were edited and displayed on one TV screen. The show was broadcast live in New York, Paris, Berlin, Seoul, etc. and is estimated to have been watched by over 25 million viewers.”