Nam June Paik’s TV Bed is an adaptation of a 1972 work, which was part of his performance at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, with the American cellist Charlotte Moorman, Paik’s long-time collaborator. Featuring eighteen television monitors fit into an antique iron bed frame, the 1991 work plays a three-channel video that includes footage of one of Moorman’s performances and a video that Paik and Moorman shot in Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, in 1977. In its composition of old and new components, the 1991 iteration of TV Bed reflects Paik’s aesthetic philosophy, the development of his practice, and his interest in making works that challenge conventions and bridge the gap between different disciplines. Two dolls are placed above the monitors in homage to Moorman, who died in 1991.
Nam June Paik (1932–2006, South Korea) was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. As a pioneer of technology-based art, Paik has created a large body of work comprising performances, single-channel moving image works, video sculptures, and installations. Known for his experimental, collaborative, and interdisciplinary practice, he was a key member of the Fluxus movement and a visionary thinker who predicted the future of art making and communication in the internet age.