Film Details

Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV

Film Synopsis

Director Amanda Kim tells the story of Nam June Paik’s meteoric rise in the New York art scene and his Nostradamus-like visions of a future in which “everybody will have his own TV channel”. Thanks to social media, Paik’s future is now our present, and Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV shows us how we got here. The documentary charts Paik’s artistic evolution, tracing his formative education in Munich and his life-changing encounter with avant-garde musician John Cage through to his migration to New York City and his revolutionary work with video art and beyond, to show Paik’s lasting influence on the art world and his predictions of our technological future.


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