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The world-famous video artist next door

Post #723 • February 3, 2006, 1:02 PM • 12 Comments

According to the Paik Studios website, "Nam June Paik passed away at his Miami home at 8:00pm EST on Sunday, January 29th, 2006."

Did anybody out there know that he lived here? Did anyone see him at opening, or go to school with his kids, or run into him at a restaurant, or anything? I've lived here a long time and I'm surprised that this got past me.

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Clubby

February 3, 2006, 1:41 PM

I saw him at an opening at the Bass Museum about two years ago. He didn't look to well then, I think he was about 73 then.

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Denise

February 3, 2006, 5:07 PM

I knew he lived here at least part of the time.

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nobody

February 3, 2006, 8:06 PM

I met him towards the end of his life being rolled in a wheel chair on Miami Beach....I recognized him and stopped him to say hello. He appeared to have recently suffered from a stroke. I thanked him for producing some wonderful work, he smiled and waved as he rolled south on Ocean Drive.
MOCA at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood currently has an excellent piece on view from their permanent collection entitled "Burn Calories, Not Octane" from the early 1990s.

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bruk

February 4, 2006, 10:12 PM

RIP

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George

February 4, 2006, 10:57 PM

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that guy

February 4, 2006, 11:49 PM

Sorry George I don't speak braille. what the hell you saying?

7.

Franklin

February 5, 2006, 12:16 AM

Oh, there had better be an excellent reason for that.

8.

George

February 5, 2006, 2:08 AM

Franklin,

It's snow, the TV static after the video signal has ceased. It's caused by the background radiation left over from the big-bang, a poem for Nam, I think he would haveunderstood.

sorry if anyone was offended.

9.

rene barge

February 5, 2006, 3:40 AM

hello,
george, ref #5, what beautiful work... worship the glitch!
best wishes,
rene

10.

oldpro

February 5, 2006, 8:39 AM

Damn, George. I worked all night on it with my Orphan Annie Secret Decoder. No wonder I couldn't get the message.

11.

alesh

February 5, 2006, 4:04 PM

I love it when George gets drunk. For best results, cut 'n' paste into notepad or some mother suitable fixed-width-font editor.

12.

jordan

February 6, 2006, 12:17 AM

George, agent Mulder and I had just realized that the smoking man had just left Vegas and will meet Scully at a tavern in a small town south of the dam. She will have four red buckets and a yellow scarf with embroidered ovoids. Please bring your can of silver spray-paint.

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