16 February 2011


Nam June Paik Conference
The Future Is Now: Media Arts, Performance and Identity after Nam June Paik

Friday 18 February
10.00am - 5.00pm
£35.00/£30.00 (Members & concs)

Conferences tend to be quite dry affairs, don’t they? But in the spirit of the artist Nam June Paik FACT and Tate Liverpool were very keen to do something a bit different.

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Instead of straightforward artist presentations or academic papers, we wanted to celebrate Nam June Paik’s legacy of performance and musicianship and to open that up into a broader discussion of issues that have influenced modern media and popular culture. The day will kick off with a playful streamed performance from media artist Jeremy Bailey who will be streamed in from his Toronto pad into FACT’s large Screen 2 cinema.

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Audiences will then get an overview of Nam June Paik the artist from internationally renowned curator, John G. Hanhardt, one of the pioneers of new media curating. This is then interspersed with a captivating performance from musician and cellist, Anton Lukoszevieze -

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Then we break and we’ll be serving our savoury platter for lunch from our in-house deli, Franklins.

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After lunch, leading web artist Kristin Lucas will present us with her performative dedication to Nam June Paik via Skype. Her VHS wax candles are both striking and poignant.

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Then we have a conversation with one of the leaders in networked culture, Professor Roy Ascott, who is President of the Planetary Collegium and an experimental new media artist in his own right.

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You can find out a bit more about Roy here.

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As the day progresses, Ruth Catlow, net artist, curator and activist and co-founder of furtherfield.org will help contextualise Nam June Paik’s work in the context of modern day practices, which will be followed by a panel with the curator of the exhibition, Nam June Paik – occurring at FACT and Tate.

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All of this will be chaired by the BBC’s well-known Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, who will help put all the details into context for all of our different audience members.

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It’s going to be great. With brand new performance commissions, talks and discussions – The Future is Now – will help shift and shape the conventional format of an academic conference.

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Advance Booking is Required and can be made through the FACT shop or throught the Tate Liverpool Box Office.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE!  

Check out this video where the exhibition curators discuss the cultural significance of Nam June Paik

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