Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Nam June Paik, RIP

Magnet TV, Nam June Paik

Obituary below claims that Nam June Paik was one of the first to visualize the Web, as well as inventing the term "Electronic Superhighway."

Video innovator Nam June Paik dies at 74 - THE ARTS - MSNBC.com.


Blogger Keith said...

Thanks for the heads up on this. It is a real loss. I've still not seen any of Paik's work outside of publication given my geography, although I do have a couple of his sound compositions on an electronic music anthology which are interesting enough. Borges, of course, was really the first person to prophesy the internet with "The Library of Babel".

10:58 PM  
Blogger Padraig said...

"I dare insinuate the following solution to this ancient problem: The Library is limitless and periodic. If an eternal voyager were to traverse it in any direction, he would find, after many centuries, that the same volumes are repeated in the same disorder (which, repeated, would constitute an order: Order itself). My solitude rejoices in this elegant hope ... each apparent leaf of the book would divide into other analogous leaves. The inconceivable central leaf would have no reverse."

Indeed! [except for elegant bit :-)]

9:17 PM  

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