“Paik wanted to build an anthropomorphic robot, because he was fascinated by the scientists’ discovery that the human brain had begun to grow after man stopped walking on all fours and had to figure out what to do with his two ‘free’ hands.”
- Wulf Herzogenrath, Hayward Gallery 1988 exhibition catalogue “Nam June Paik Video Works 1963-88″
Dieter Ronte – Nam June Paik’s Early Works in Vienna (1982). Originally printed the catalog of the Whitney Museum “Nam June Paik” show: Nam June Paik by Nam June Paik , John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Museum of American Art Staff, ISBN 0874270375 (0-87427-037-5), Hardcover, Whitney Museum of American Art (1982).
- Lies are Always More Exciting than the Truth – Nam June Paik’s Futuristic Traditionalism by Dr. Thomas Kellein.
Hans Günter Golinski:
Susanne Rennert – I liked it
[Robert] Huot’s interactive proposal was the most unusual if not the most literal. It potentially involved all visitors of the museum and attempted to generate unexpected first meetings by employing chance and anonymity. Twenty-six cities in America were chosen, each starting with a letter of the alphabet, and twenty-six men named Arthur were selected, one in each city. Each Arthur’s last name was the first listing under the initial letter of the city (Arthur Bacon, in Baltimore, for instance). The Museum displayed a list of all cities and names, and invited visitors to call and ask for “Art”. The work was the unexpected conversation between “Art” and the visitor, and its development totally up to them.ASPECTS OF THE AESTHETICS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Mladen Stilinović, Chinese Business (2009)
Men still kill one another, they have not yet understood how they live, why they live; politicians fail to observe that the earth is an entity, yet television has been invented: the ‘Far Seer’ — tomorrow we shall be able to look into the heart of our fellow-man, be everywhere and yet be alone. (…) With the development of photo-telegraphy, which enables reproductions and accurate illustrations to be made instantaneously, even philosophical works will presumably use the same means — though on a higher plane — as the present day American magazines.Moholy
Wholly aside from the value of a tool as an implement of tillage and as a weapon for the pursuit of weeds is its merit merely as a shapely and interesting implement.L.H. Bailey, Manual of Gardening, 1914
birds as thermal insulation indicators
Luis Alvarez (w/ plutonium)
Laddie John Dill
There is a species of tick, a little round creature that gets in your skin. The baby tick when he hatches, walks up a tree, and remains on a twig until he smells butyric acid, that is sweat. If and when he smells butyric acid, he falls off the tree and hopes to fall on a mammal.
If in two or three weeks, he does not smell any sweat, he falls off the tree and climbs another tree. It is the absence of butyric acid, in the end, has the same effect that the presence of butyric acid would have. He’s able to work at two logical type levels. He is able to deal with the absence of information as a piece of information. The information which doesn’t come is itself information.
This is dreadfully important in the whole relation of figure relation, and so on.
Braun TG 60 (skeuomorphism)
Eleanor Antin — The Artist’s Studio