Bye Bye Kipling

Demonstrating Paik's politics against a Western capitalist colonialism which closes down rather than opens up intra-cultural communication, Bye Bye Kipling takes its title from the British writer Rudyard Kipling. An ambitious live satellite link-up of Japan, Korea and the United States features interviews with Keith Haring and architect Arata Isozaki, and performances and works by Philip Glass and the Kodo Drummers, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, and Lou Reed extracts include a performance of Japan of classical Western music accompanied by a group of Kabuki dancers.

This work is a deliberate cultural mix up. As with Good Morning Mr. Orwell, Paik designed the linking graphic sequences, including one of his video sculptures, and coordinated the event. Breaking down the barriers of East and West is central to this work developed once again through a star-spangled line up including Issey Miyake designed dancing costumes. Once again, the strange and the marvellous are brought together - a Japanese marathon runner alongside an elephant in a tug of war.

Single-channel videotape, colour, sound, 30 minutes 32 seconds

Conceived and coordinated by Nam June Paik. Producer: Carol Brandenburg. A Production of WNET/New York, the Korean Broadcasting System, and Asahi National Broadcasting, Ltd. Editor of single-channel version: Skip Blumberg.

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