TV Bra for Living Sculpture (1969) and Chamber Music (1969), by Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman
Excerpt of Nam June Paik: The Photograph as Active Circuit, from the Issue Vol. 42, No. 3.
After working secretly in his studio for several weeks, Nam June Paik (1932–2006) opened his first solo exhibition, titled Exposition of Music–Electronic Television, at the Galerie Parnass in Wuppertal, Germany, on March 11, 1963. The exhibition covered sixteen rooms throughout the house of art dealer Rolf Jährling, owner of Galerie Parnass. Exploring the dual themes of music and television, the exhibition featured Fluxus-inspired objects such as prepared pianos, sound objects, and tiered record players, as well as room-sized installations inviting visitor interaction. In a work titled Random Access, for example, a visitor “plays” unspooled audiotape through a handheld sound device. An installation photo taken by Jährling of the television room is perhaps the most well known. It features three black-and-white television sets scattered at various angles around the floor of a large room. The sets are individually manipulated so their screens display distorted, abstract images. Paik is seen leaving the dimly lit room, walking toward a glowing hallway, hands casually in his pockets….
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