Gallery talks — 6 May 2020

The exhibition Nam June Paik – The Future is Now gives an overview of the work of Nam June Paik (1932, Korea - US, 2006), one of the most visionary and influential pioneers of early video art. His work is multidisciplinary, experimental, innovative and playful, and of great influence to the generations that followed him. Paik was early to recognize the future impact of mass media and coined the term ‘electronic highway’, thus predicting the future of communication in the internet age. As Paik related art to technology, and East to West, he reflected on the influence of technology on globalization, and with that on our daily lives.

Museum ticket + € 3
Stedelijk Museum
6 May, 4 pm until 5 pm
Main language
In line with national policy relating to the coronavirus, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will be temporarily closed for visitors until further notice. Possible rescheduling of this event will be communicated here.

This edition of the Gallery Talks series provides a unique opportunity to hear different perspectives on the work of Nam June Paik. Madelon Hooykaas is an artist who approaches Paik from her perspective.


Visual artist Madelon Hooykaas (born Maartensdijk, 1942) is known for her enduring and pioneering experimentation in contemporary art. Since the 1960s, Hooykaas has developed a rigorous artistic practice and visual research in photography and film, installation and video, interactive and performance art. Her works revolve around the recurring themes of physical and human landscapes, water and light, memory and mindfulness, loss and abstraction, minimalism and formalism.

Hooykaas has collaborated with several well-known composers and musicians like Delia Derbyshire, Louis Andriessen, Frances-Marie Uitti and Ab Baars, to create films and video installations. From 1972 to 2004 Hooykaas collaborated with Elsa Stansfield (born Glasgow, 1945 - Amsterdam 2004) under the widely acclaimed artistic partnership Stansfield/Hooykaas. They worked at the forefront of video and video environments/installations as a new art form and went on to exhibit internationally. Their work is in many prestigious public and private collections across Europe and the USA including the Tate, London; MuHKA, Antwerp; GoMA, Glasgow; MoMA, New York and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Hooykaas lives and works in Amsterdam.

Nam June Paik installeert TV Buddha in het Stedelijk Museum. Foto: Rene Block
Nam June Paik installeert TV Buddha in het Stedelijk Museum. Foto: Rene Block