Nam June Paik Art Center is pleased to present a special exhibition, Good Morning Mr. Orwell 2014, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Nam June Paik’s monumental satellite project of the same title. From the 17th of July, Seoul, Korea.
In 1949, George Orwell published the dystopian novel 1984, depicting a dark future in which surveillance and control by tele-communication become a routine, and made a pessimistic prediction that humans will be controlled by mass media in 1984.
As a refutation of Orwell’s prediction, Nam June Paik said, “He was half-right” and directed the satellite TV show Good Morning, Mr. Orwell to show the positive utilization of mass media by means of art. On January 1, 1984, Paik linked New York and Paris live via satellite in collaboration with around 30 teams, 100 artists and four broadcasters and aired music, fine arts, performance, fashion show and comedy that cross the borderline between popular and avant-garde art in real time. Above all, these various genres of arts were edited and displayed on one TV screen. This show was broadcast live in New York, Paris, Berlin, LA, Seoul, etc. and is estimated to have been watched by over 25 million TV viewers. The pictures of Lorenzo Bianda, who was an official photographer of the New York studio of Good Morning Mr. Orwell, give witness to this encounter of the century.
Now, the year 2014, is the time to look into the eyes of ourselves seeing this positive festival in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Good Morning, Mr. Orwell. Today’s global networking system using the internet beyond satellite makes both stronger controls and broadened freedom possible. This exhibition aims to ask about the possibility of making a new node and link to change this network as well as to pose a question of control/freedom that becomes more complicated and secret day by day. In this perspective, this exhibition offers a selective overview of the works of present-day media artists, who make their position remarkable regarding tele-communication and network system. First of all, the artists deal with the network of surveillance and control, which George Orwell predicted as a character of dystopian future
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