Nam June Paik sat in his wheelchair at the piano, playing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." His Soho studio was a hive, swarming with activity and very hot. Paik, the inventor of video art, a visionary of "new media" even before that term existed, was about to rehearse for the opening night of Transmission, a new piece at Rockefeller Center presented by the Public Art Fund. Paik's piano playing would send commands to a hard drive modulating a laser beam. Each new note or chord he banged out would change the laser image hanging in the air, made visible on a... More >>>
By photo: Joshua Farley
Paik's new work, Transmission, is a gorgeous evocation of loss.