The year 2015 started with art exhibitions shedding new…

written by Niche.LA Video Art January 20, 2015


The year 2015 started with art exhibitions shedding new light on the late Korean masters Paik Nam-june (1932-2006) and Lee Jung-seob (1916-1956) who blazed a trail in art history.


Father of video art

The late Korean-born media artist Paik was a pioneer of video art. Some of his works are open to the public here for the first time at the “Nam June Paik Solo Exhibition: W3” at Hakgojae Gallery in downtown Seoul.

The exhibit features 12 artworks displayed at Hakgojae Gallery Shanghai and SanShang Contemporary Art Museum in Hangzhou last year.

The highlight will be “W3,” a 1994 video installation consisting of 64 monitors. The title refers to “World Wide Web,” as Paik predicted the rise of the Internet in the 1970s.

"W3" was first conceived in 1974 as Paik wanted to create an artwork portraying how the world communicates through technology and media. The artist referred to it as the "electronic super highway" in his 1974 proposal to the Rockefeller Foundation. However, the video art was completed in 1994, 20 years after the idea was born.

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