Nam June Paik -Tate Liverpool and FACT

Hi all,

My name is Eleanor Clayton and I'm Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool.
I worked with Sook-Kyung Lee on the Paik exhibition and I'm really
pleased that  this sort of discussion is taking place around it.

The above is a transcription of the discussion that I have been following through the
New Media curating mailing list. Here is the nam june paik New Media Curating Mailing
list.

More pictures on my flickr

Nam June Paik 20th July 1932, Korea, Seoul/ Studied: aesthetics in Japan; musicology&philosophy in Germany; Composition with Wolfgang Fortner .More about his life in this nice blog, theaegon.wordpress.com.

Audio Guides of the exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

On reflection

Time is beyond our control.
It's the constant struggle of perception.
Reflection may be seen , initially,  as a waste of time.
What's the point ofthinking about something that already
happened ? Will it make any difference?

When  something happens we  aknowledge it immediatly .
But because sometimes "things" happen in such a small
space of time we feel like mere spectators ,
watching without reaction somebody else's life.
Reflection comes to claim those events  and  to provide
them  with meaning .To make them feel as part of your
identity ( present ) and to reassure yourself that you
are going in the right direction.
It's the comfortable illusion of control.
It's a constant struggle to perceive its passage and to make the most out of it.
Reflection may be seen , initially,  as a waste of time. What's the point of
thinking about something that already happened ? Will it make any difference?
When  something happens we  aknowledge it immediatly . But because sometimes
"things"  happen in such a small space of time we feel like mere spectators ,
watching without reaction somebody else's life.
Reflection comes to claim those events  and  to provide them  with meaning .
To make them feel as part of your   identity    ( present )  and to reassure
yourself that you are going in the right direction.It's a constant struggle to perceive its passage and to make the most out of it.
Reflection may be seen , initially,  as a waste of time. What's the point of
thinking about something that already happened ? Will it make any difference?
When  something happens we  aknowledge it immediatly . But because sometimes
"things"  happen in such a small space of time we feel like mere spectators ,
watching without reaction somebody else's life.
Reflection comes to claim those events  and  to provide them  with meaning .
To make them feel as part of your   identity    ( present )  and to reassure
yourself that you are going in the right direction.