Documenta 6 Satellite Telecast

On the 20th anniversary of Sputnick, the first Earth orbiting satellite, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys and Douglas Davis delivered the first live satellite performance broadcast simultaneously to 25 different countries. Presented as part of Documenta 6, one of the largest international contemporary art festival held every five years in Kassel, Germany.

Paik and Charlotte Moorman are seen live from Kassel in Fluxus-inspired collaborative performances, including TV Bra, TV Cello, and TV Bed. They fuse music, performance, video and television in homage to global communications. Also from Kassel, conceptual artist Joseph Beuys presents a direct address to the public, elaborating on his utopian theories of art as "social sculpture," which were crucial to his conceptual project. From Caracas, Venezuela, Davis performs The Last Nine Minutes, a participatory piece in which he addresses the time/space distance between himself and the television viewing audience.

Single-channel videotape, colour, sound, 30 minutes

Introductions: Russell Connor and Peter Eden. In German with English voiceover and English.