Nam June Paik
As I left this exhibition, my brain was actually hurting. There was alot to take in, and the abundance of flashing seizure inducing television screens didn't help.
This exhibition showcases around ninety works from all phases of his career alongside a selection of documentary materials from Paik’s performances and early exhibitions. The first piece I saw was a personal favourite, titled 'One Candle' 1988. The piece consists of a candle on a stand, that is filmed by a video camera and simultaneously projected via 4 video projectors onto a wall in the gallery space.The projection itself is made up of a red, green, and blue image of the live flickering candle. There was an obvious contrast between the modern technology and the ancient use of the candle, which was further illustrated in the contrast in colours. The warm light from the candle was soft and meditative, whereas the crass primary colours seemed to juxtapose the image they cast. I found this idea of 'anti-technological technology' interesting, and this high tech video is dependant on the light from a simple candle, for without it, the video would disappear.