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We Are in Open Circuits: Writings by Nam June Paik

Author
(edited by) John G. Hanhardt, Gregory Zinman, and Edith Decker-Phillips
Publisher / Label
Mit Press
Country
USA
Language
English
Publication year
2019
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
464
ISBN
978-0262039802

Index

Contents 

Acknowledgments xiii 
Editors' Note on Paik's Previously Unpublished Work xvii 

THE TEXTUAL WORLDS OF NAM JUNE PAIK: THE TIME OF WRITING AND READING 1 
by John G. Hanhardt 

PART 1: MUSIC AND THE AVANT-GARDE: PERFORMING FLUXUS 21 

a: Speculative Writings 

Formal Development of the Pre-classical Symphony (1957) 22
 Postmusic (1963) 24 The Age of Slow-motion (1964) 26 
Robot Opera Program (1964) 27 
Untitled/Most of my So-Said "Action Music" Pieces (1967) 29 
Charlotte Moorman: Chance and Necessity (c. 1992) 29 
TV Bra for Living Sculpture (1969) 33
 My Jubilee ist Unverhemmet (1977) 33 
George Maciunas And Fluxus + Wiesbaden 62 
(1978) 34 On Cagean interpretation Of Cage 34 
B.C./A.D. John Cage (1993) 35 

b: Scores 

Seven Fluxus Scores (all c. 1962) 38 
Omnibus-Music No. 1 (1961) 39 
Half-Time (1962) 40 
Symphonie No. 5 (c. 1965) 41
 Etude platonique No. 3 63 
Suite for transistor radio (1963) 63 
Sinfonie for 20 Rooms (1961) 65 
To The "Symphony For 20 
Rooms" (c. 1963) 66 
Bagatelles americaine (1962) 67 
Metro-Music and Bagatelles Americaine (1962) 69
Sonatine foe Radio (1963) 70 
Moving Theater No. 2 (1963) 71 
My Symphonies (1973) 72 

"THIS SCRIPT IS NOT FINAL, AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES": NAM JUNE PAIK BETWEEN 
PAGE AND SCREEN 73 
by Gregory Zinman 

PART 2: TRANSFORMING VIDEO AND TELEVISION: MEDIA ART PRACTICES 87 

a: Speculative Writings 

Exposition of Music (1963) 89 
About the Exposition of the music (1963) 91 
Electronic TV & Color TV Experiment (1964) 92 
Afterlude to the Exposition of Experimental Television (1963) 94 
Electronic Video Recorder (1965) 97 
Projects for Electronic Television (1965) 98 
Untitled/"Cybernated art is very important..." (1965) 99 
Sonata quasi una fantasia for Billie Kluver (c. 1965) 100 
Utopian Laser-TV Station (1966) 
115 Computer Programming for Visual Arts and Electronic Opera (1967) 
116 Flykingen Bulletin (1967) 117 
World First Video-Tape Monthly Magazine (1967) 122 
Norbert Wiener and Marshall McLuhan (1967) 123 
Comparative Aesthetics—cybernetics of arts (1967) 
126 Machine Show essay (1968) 127 
Expanded Education For The Paper-less Society (1968) 130 
Versatile Color TV Synthesizer (1969) 142 
Global Groove and Video Common Market (1970) 142 
Simulation of Human Eyes by 4-Channel Stereo Video Taping (1970) 144
Video Synthesizer Plus (1970) 145 
Sonsbeek catalogue essay (1971) 146 
Binghamton Letter (1972) 147 
Communication-Art (1972) 152 
Media Planning For The Post Industrial Input-time and Output-time (1976) 166 
Interfacing two different media 167 
Feedback Americana 170 Why is Television Dumb? (1976) 172 
Random Access Information (1980) Video déjà vu? (1982) 177 
Art & Satellite (1984) 179 
Rendez-vous Celeste (1984/1986/1988) 182 
Context Is Content...Content Is Context (1985) 185 
A Satellite—The light of the future Asatte—literally, the day 
after tomorrow (1987) 187 
Nostalgia Is The Extended Feedback ('30-'60-'90) (1992) 192 
For a Deer (1992) 194 Mediatique Memory (1992) 196 

b: Scripts and Plans 

Scenario (1962-1963) 198 
Electronic Opera (1967) 201 
A Day Project (1972-1973) 204 
Selling of New York 207 Suite 212 211 
Don't Lick Stamps in China 216 
Media Shuttle: New York-Moscow/You Cannot Lick Stamps in China (1978) 
216 
Sattelite Piano Duette Beuys-Paik (1981) 217 
Notes by Nam June Paik: Brandenburg Concerto No. 7 (1981) 219 
First script for Good Morning, Mr. Orwell (1983) 222 
Proposal for Bye Bye Kipling (1986) 230 
Chip Olympics [Wrap Around the World] (c. 1988) 235 

PART 3: CULTURE AND POLITICS: LOCAL AND GLOBAL 241 

Untitled/"Why philosophy is (has) not changed, as much as art" 243 
Untitled/"After the necessary-nonsence of moon race..." 244 
The First Oil War (1941-45) (first draft) (1979) 246 
How to Make Oil Obsolete 251 
Untitled/"As Kandinsky and Mondrian etc discovered abstract SPACE..." 
254 
Proposal two/Walt Disney a radical interpretation/Some other proposals (1971) 255 
I Lived only one year in Munich (1972) 258 
Beuys weeds—Beuys creeds (1984) 260 
From Horse to Christo (1981) 263 
DNA is not racism (1988) 266 
Sohm decided to collect ONLY information on art and not ART itself 
(1991) 270 
Fluxus Picasso (c. 1992) 272 
Venice—Turtleship—a Trial Of Mr. Picasso... (1993) 274 
Untitled (Politics and Comics) (c. 1969) 278 
Avant Garde on Trial (c. 1967) 323 
The Confession of "topless" (?) Cellist 327 
Aesthetics of Bibim-bab [a rice hash]—The Art of Post Industry Era 
(1995) 329 

PART 4: ANNOTATIONS TO A LIFE: COMMENTARIES AND LETTERS 333 

a: Commentaries 

My Projects in 1966-67 334 
Mary Bauermeister or "I accept the universe" (B. Fuller) 335 
George Maciunas (1990) 337 
Spirit-Media-Kut (1991) 340 
2x Mini Giants (1991) 342 
Two Rails Make One Single Track (1996) 343 

b: Letters 

Letter to Wolfgang Steinecke (1959) 346 
Letter to John Cage, "excuse me" (1961) 348 
Letter to Wolf Vostell (1965) 350
Letter to Howard Klein (1967) 350
Letter to Norman Lloyd (1967) 352
Letter to Ralph Burgard (1967) 355
Letter to Ralph Burgard (1967) 355 
Postcard to John Cage (1968) 357 
Letter to John Cage 358 
Letter to John Cage 359 
Letter to David C. Stewart (1968) 360
Letter to Ralph Burgard (1969) 362
 Letter to Norman Lloyd and Howard Klein (1971) 364 
Letter to Mike Rice (1971) 365 
Letter to Porter McCray (1971) 367 
Letter to the TV Lab (1973) 369 
Letter to TV Lab, Quarterly Report (1973) 370 
Letter to John J. O'Connor (c. 1976) 372 
Letter to John J. O'Connor (1978) 373 
Letter to Howard Klein: re Peace Correspondent (1979) 374 
Letter to John J. O'Connor (c. 1986) 379 
Letter to John J. O'Connor (1988) 380 
Letter to John J. O'Connor (1988) 382  

NAM JUNE PAIK'S CHINESE MEMORIES 383 
by Edith Decker-Phillips 

PART 5: CHINA TEXTS: "SCRUTABLE CHINESE" 395 

Horse 1 395 
Art (?) 396 
A man and his wife went to a temple to pray for fortune. 396 
Horse 2 396 
Dream 1 397 

Ecology of Forgetting 398 
Here is a survival kit. 399 
Death 399 
Teacher 399 
Life 399 
Friends and Rivals 400 
"Half the Peach" 404 
Nail-Salon-Sting 404 
How to edit the videotape. 404 
Smart Man 405 
A General 405 
Communication Theory No. 1 406 
Solo and Orchestra 406
 Hostage Drama 407
 Painted Dragon, Pointed Eyes 407 
Arts / Music 410 
Music 2 411 
Study 412 
Law and Order 415 
2 million Dollar trees 416 
General 417 
Case Studies and Abstraction 417 
The Palm of Duchamp 418 
The Role of Blacks 419 
Names Cited in Nam June Paik's Writings 423 
Index 431