Who is Nam June Paik?

Nam June Paik was born on July 20, 1932 in Seoul, Korea and died on January 29, 2006 due to complications from a stroke that happened quite a few years before his passing.  He was a Korean American artist who worked with various media and is known to be the first video artist.  He was credited for the use of the tern “super highway” for telecommunications. Growing up he was trained as a classical pianist. In 1956, Paik graduated from University of Tokyo and also wrote his thesis on Arnold Schoenberg there.  From there he moved to Germany to study music history at Munich University.  While he was in Germany he met a few composers and even Joseph Beuys and Wolf Vostell which inspired him to work within the electronic art field.

I do like his work for the most part. Some I find a bit boring but there are definitely some that I really enjoyed.  I feel that the ones that seem slighty boring are the pieces with the old time music like classical type which yes I guess it is a contradiction with what I said about the links below, the Electronic Moon No. 2., which that could be one of the only exceptions.  The tune is so soothing and relaxing so it almost puts me to sleep.  The one I really seem to connect with is the third link I have put up.  Maybe it is because of the bright colors he uses that attracts me and the motion picture he aligns so perfectly with each screen amazes me.  The ones that were my favorite of his are links listed below.


Nam June Paik 1

TV Buddha

Nam June Paik 2


Electronic Moon No. 2

Electronic Superhighway


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Who is Stephen Vitiello?

Stephen Vitiello, as a fourteen year old, started out playing guitar in 1978 in a punk band.  At the of twenty-four, Vitiello worked as a curator for video and sound art exhibitions.  He is known as both a visual and sound artist.  In 1991, Vitiello met Nam June Paik (video artist) whom he later worked with and influenced by him.  He has also worked with many other people such as Pauline Oliveros, Robin Rimbaud, Frances-Marie Uitti, Julie Mehretu, Tony Oursler, and Joan Jonas.  In 1999, Vitiello was an artist in the World Trade Center and there he recorded sounds from the ninety-first floor.  He has also been able to be part of solo exhibitions for sound installations, photographs, and drawings.  Vitiello has taken part in group exhibitions like the Whitney Biennial, in 2002, and Sydney Biennale, in 2006.  Vitiello has released quite a few CDs and is now an associate professor in the Kinetic Imaging Department at VCU in Richmond, Virginia.

I did enjoy listening to sounds that Stephen Vitiello has recorded.  The idea that he had was well thought out.  I like the fact that he chose to record sounds that buildings make or the vibrations from sound bouncing off of other objects.  I do enjoy finding sounds like bells chiming or sounds from natural habitats.  It in a way gives me a sense of calmness when I am alone and listening to the surrounding sounds wherever I may be.

Below are just some videos on Stephen Vitiello I had found…enjoy!


intimate listening

world trade center recordings

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plan for final project: hour 1

I plan to make a video.  I want to ask around about other’s interpretations of my theme.  I will be taking photos of my interpretation of the theme I chose which is man v. nature and incorporate them into the video I will make.  The colors will be as they come out to be on camera unless I choose later along the lines to alter the colors in some way I am not sure of yet. Subject matter is realistic because it is of what the naked eye can see.  I have yet to decide how this will be presented but I would like it to be on a computer screen.

What I want to communicate is how every mind thinks differently.  I think it is important to recognize that not everyone thinks the same way although I do not want that to be the focus but I do want to feed off my theme using photographs to give a visual of how I interpret the theme man v. nature.

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Who is Paul Pfeiffer?

Paul Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966.  He is an American video artist and includes found footage in his work.  Pfeiffer received a BFA in printmaking at San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA at Hunter College.  Since then he has both lived and worked in New York since 1990.  Pfeiffer has had opportunities in solo shows in various cities around the world.  He has also received a couple of awards for his work and the latest on Paul Pfeiffer is that he is receiving Guna S. Mudheim Prize and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin this fall.

I am very interested in his works for the most part.  I like that I am able to see his editing skills such as in the video of the Transparent Traveler where the viewer is able to see an outline of the traveling person and see the shadow of them as well.  I also liked the images taken of sportsmen at their prime and victory.  Some shots from basketball games are of the basketball player arm extended towards basket.  It is also a funny thing that Pfeiffer spends so much time I believe it was stated in an article that he spends maybe a couple months on a two minute video.  Below is a link to an interview with Paul Pfeiffer and another with one of his works.

Paul Pfeiffer – interview

transparent traveler



Who is Bill Viola?

Bill Viola was born in 1951 and grew up in New York.  He is known for doing works of art in video art, electronic art and new media art.  Viola graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1973.  His first job after graduation was a video technician at Everson Museum of Art.  He has had multiple opportunities to work on shows and with composers through his career along with creating many pieces of his own.

Looking at his work, I felt very relaxed.  Video art is one of those forms that can be tricky to keep the viewer attracted and wanting to watch more.  At first, watching som of his videos I kind of felt like why am I still watching this because it seemed a bit boring.  As I watched it again and again I figured out that it is not so boring but it is just mesmerizing and I had this meditative feeling off of it since it some of his pieces are calming or at least give off that feeling.  Watching these pieces I felt like I could escape from reality and just wipe everything from my mind and feel at ease, mainly I felt this way from his piece The Reflecting Pool.  Overall, I did enjoy watching the videos he has created.  Below are some links to some of his video pieces.


The Reflecting Pool

Ocean Without A Shore – Venice Biennale 2007

Ancient Of Days