Nam June Paik's installation Electronic Superhighway
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Visual artist Nam June Paik predicted internet age

Korean-born visual artist Nam June Paik, considered the father of video art, coined the phrase "electronic superhighway" in 1974 while creating works that pushed the boundaries of television.

Paik's work, which has been put on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, envisioned a future where the transmission of piles of data could happen instantaneously.

Paik, who died in 2006, was the first artist to experiment with the platform of television, seeing it as an open canvas on which many more artists would one day construct their works.

Smithsonian American Art Museum director Betsy Broun says the futurist was "like an antennae that was pointed out into the world, absorbing ideas".

Produced by the BBC's Matt Danzico and Jane O'Brien

  • 18 Dec 2012
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