Laser Cone

The word laser is actually an acronym; it stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Nam June Paik undertook a residency with Bell labs, who were the inventors of the laser. It was here that he created his 1966 piece Digital Experiment at Bell Labs, exploring the stark contrast between digital and analogue and his fascination with technology in its material form. His work with Bell set the precedent for artists and musicians to start using technology creatively in a new way.

Laser Cone, 1998 (re-fabrication) Three-channel laser (RGB), vector graphics laser animation engine, steel cables, acrylic yoke, translucent spandex Norman Ballard/ Nam June Paik Estate.

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Image credits:

Nam June Paik in collaboration with Norman Ballard
, Laser Cone, 2001/2010 
© Estate of Nam June Paik and Norman Ballard 
Photographed by Stefan Arendt, LVR / Medienzentrum, Düsseldorf

Nam June Paik in collaboration with Norman Ballard
, Laser Cone, 2001/2010 
Installation view at FACT, Photographer: Stephen King

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