Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV Presented by Buffalo Int’l Film Festival
Video art pioneer and “Citizen Zero of the Electronic Superhighway,” Nam June Paik was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Born in Japan-occupied Korea where he was trained as a classical musician, Paik was transformed after encountering avant-garde composer John Cage in Munich, inspiring new works and prompting a love affair with the Fluxus movement. After immigrating to the US, he created work and engaged with television and video art in a way that would revolutionize how the world thinks of image-making in the electronic age.
Director Amanda Kim’s first feature paints an electrifying portrait of Paik’s artistic evolution and features an extensive archive of performance footage, original interviews from Paik’s contemporaries and collaborators, and a voiceover narration of Nam June Paik’s writings read by Executive Producer Steven Yeun (Minari, Nope). NAM JUNE PAIK: MOON IS THE OLDEST TV is a timely meditation on the contradictory ways in which technology elicits both fascist tendencies and intercultural understanding. A Greenwich Entertainment release.
*Audience Advisory: This film contains strobe effects. Viewer discretion is advised.
Presented by Buffalo Int’l Film Festival, with support from North Park Theatre, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center + The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo
Free Access Access Passes are available. Please see https://www.buffalofilm.org/sponsors/arts-access-program/ for more info.
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