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Nam June Paik, cybernetics and machines at play

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Abstract


  • Nam June Paik’s playful, imperfect and often

    ambiguous use of cybernetics has left an

    important legacy for contemporary media art.

    Paik’s works demonstrate that it is essential to

    temper aesthetics with ethics in order to question

    the utopian dreams of the very materials

    electronic artists work with. Paik’s works also

    suggest a new way to think about the machine in

    art. This paper focuses on the impacts of

    communication and control in the machine (and

    subsequently the network) in Paik’s Robot K-

    456 and suggests a reconceptualization of Paik’s

    cybernetic machine as a machinic process

    enmeshed in communication systems.

Authors


  •   Ballard, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ballard, S. (2013). Nam June Paik, cybernetics and machines at play. In K. Cleland, L. Fisher & R. Harley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art (pp. 1-4). Sydney: ISEA.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2031&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1026

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  • http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475

Abstract


  • Nam June Paik’s playful, imperfect and often

    ambiguous use of cybernetics has left an

    important legacy for contemporary media art.

    Paik’s works demonstrate that it is essential to

    temper aesthetics with ethics in order to question

    the utopian dreams of the very materials

    electronic artists work with. Paik’s works also

    suggest a new way to think about the machine in

    art. This paper focuses on the impacts of

    communication and control in the machine (and

    subsequently the network) in Paik’s Robot K-

    456 and suggests a reconceptualization of Paik’s

    cybernetic machine as a machinic process

    enmeshed in communication systems.

Authors


  •   Ballard, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ballard, S. (2013). Nam June Paik, cybernetics and machines at play. In K. Cleland, L. Fisher & R. Harley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art (pp. 1-4). Sydney: ISEA.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2031&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1026

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475