Image of Nam June Paik’s 1986 installation, “Family of Robot: Monument,” consisting of stacked 19 vintage television cabinets refitted with 21 new color television sets.Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life.

- Nam June Paik
(from Douglas C. McGill, ART PEOPLE,
New York Times, October 3, 1986).

Over 30 images by American artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), internationally recognized as the founder of video art, are now available on MDID.Paik created an huge body of work, including video installations, sculptures, music, performance, television productions, etc. - all of which explored the intersection of art, pop culture and technology. A visionary, seminal figure in media-based art, his work not only had a major influence on late 20th-century art, but continues to inspire artists today.

  Nam June Paik
  by Sook-Kyung Lee, Susanne Rennert
  Harry N. Abrams, 2011

  Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot
  by Michelle YunYale
  University Press, 2014

  Nam June Paik: Lessons From the Video Master
  by Skip Blumberg and 63 collaborators
  New York: IMP; Chicago, IL: Distributed by Facets, Video, c. 2007.

  A Tribute to John Cage
  A co-production of WGBH New Television Workshop and the TV Lab at WNET/13
  Directed by David Atwood, Fred Barzyk
  New York: Electronic Arts Intermix, 1973 (re-edited 1976)