Good morning Mr. Nam June PAIK, the inaugural exhibition for the Korean Cultural Centre UK, presents works by 25 Korean contemporary artists, including Nam June PAIK(1932-2006) whose three major video pieces will be shown in London for the first time. Although better known as a founder of video installation art, he was also a collaborative force for some of the major performance/mixed media works with Joseph Beuys and John Cage. He was the first truly international Korean artist, bridging East and West, visual art and music, high and low art.

The exhibition title is inspired by Nam June PAIK’s groundbreaking satellite installation project ‘Good Morning, Mr. Orwell’ (1984) which linked New York and Centre Pompidou as well as hooking up with broadcasters in Germany and South Korea. Performed and originally broadcast on the first day of year 1984, PAIK’s project was a rebuttal to Orwell’s dystopian vision of the future, highlighting the use of the mass media and communication as means of creativity and expression of artistic freedom. Good morning Mr. Nam June PAIK does not follow the format or content of PAIK’s project but instead takes its spirit, and relate it to our times. Good Morning, Mr. Nam June PAIK is a celebration of random creativity arising from unintended collaborations, which in itself arises from the joy of communication.

Good Morning, Mr. Nam June PAIK presents a documentary on PAIK with special screenings of Global Groove (1973) which was made with his close collaborator Charlotte Moorman; A Tribute to John Cage (1972) which is a homage to his teacher John Cage and Beuys and Shaman (1999)-recording of his performance with a close friend and colleague Joseph Beuys.  Also presented are works by 24 established and emerging Korean artists, exploring the aspects of genre and cultural hybridisation, which was one of the major themes of PAIK’s works through his life. In various stages of their career and life, and working with diverse medium and tradition, their works form part of the exhibition which attempts to transcend tradition and boundaries.

 

Scene from 'Beuys and Shaman'

Scene from 'Global Groove'