9/23/69 Experiment with David Atwood

Made on 23 September 1969, this work was developed while Paik was artist-in-residence in the WGBH in Boston with collaborators David Atwood, Fred Barzyk and Olivia Tappan. Overtly 'electronic' in sound and image, the work dissolves the flickering surface of a television into a formal artwork- almost like a moving abstract expressionist work. Alongside a curving visual spectrum that flows across all of the rainbow colours required to make colour TV, synthesized electronic sound generates the feeling of looking into space.

A newly restored treasure, this work draws together live moving image footage with pre-recorded material. Managing to be both psychedelic and surreal, it is a beautiful study in light and sound revealing the pleasure Paik took in the act of creating. Made in one day, the sense of the artist playing is again apparent. This work was never broadcast in its entirety as it is an 80 minute work, though fragments have been used within other works.

David Atwood writes: "That day was a time to use the WGBH studio, the cameras, video switcher, etc. to create imagery that Paik had in mind for the future. And, more significantly, for Paik to assess the resulting costs and process of creating those images. The Paik/Abe synthesizer was created from the results of that day... "


Produced by the Artists' Television Workshop at WGBH, Boston.

Single-channel videotape, colour, sound, 80 minutes. In collaboration with David Atwood, Fred Barzyk and Olivia Tappan