Events — 22 Sep until 4 Oct 2020

22 Sep until 4 Oct 2020, 12 am until 12 am
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The work of Nam June Paik (1932-2006) is very relevant today; we are currently living Paik’s predicted future. In the 1970s he was one of the first artists to work with state of the art technology of that era and to investigate the impact of mass media. The artist erased the boundaries between art and technology, between East and West, investigating technology’s impact on globalization and everyday life. The Covid-19 pandemic makes us hyper-aware of our national frontiers and makes us more dependent than ever on digital technology and what Paik in the 1970s already introduced as the ‘electronic superhighway’.

Sook-Kyung Lee is Senior Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, and co-curator of the exhibition Nam June Paik: The Future is Now. She was invited to come to Amsterdam to give a lecture about Paik's work in a contemporary context. As it is not possible to travel and organize live events at the moment, she gives this lecture in an adapted form.


Dr Sook-Kyung Lee works on exhibitions, acquisitions and collection displays at Tate Modern as Senior Curator, International art, and heads a major research initiative Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational. She curated Nam June Paik at Tate Modern in 2019 with Rudolf Frieling, which tours to institutions in Europe, USA and Asia until early 2022. She has also curated collection displays at Tate Modern, such as CAMP: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2019-20), Xiao Lu and Niki de Saint Phalle (2018-19) and Susan Norrie: Transit (2017-18). Lee was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool and curated a number of exhibitions and collection displays including Doug Aitken: The Source and Thresholds (2012-13, as part of Liverpool Biennial). She served as the Commissioner and Curator of the Korean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Lee has convened and participated in several international symposia and conferences at Tate and internationally, including Axis of Solidarity: Landmarks, Platforms, Futures (Tate Modern, 2019), Asia as Method: Transnational Research in the Museum (Tate Modern, 2018) and Territories Disrupted: Asian Art after 1989 (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, 2017). She has also written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art and her publications include Nam June Paik (with Rudolf Frieling, exhibition catalogue, Tate Publishing, 2019) and MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho (exhibition catalogue, Korean Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015).