TV Chair is a central work in Nam June Paik’s oeuvre, articulating an inventive exploration of the integration of technology into everyday life. The sculpture consists of an upward-facing television placed underneath a wooden chair, with the original seat replaced with Plexiglas. Paik developed multiple version of TV Chair, combining the television with chairs of different styles. Born in 1932, Paik was part of a generation that did not grow up with home televisions but that witnessed the development and proliferation of consumer electronics. He became a pioneer in generating new visual configurations by incorporating electronic components into art, and with TV Chair contemplates the presence of televised media in domestic space. Along with the original TV Chair, he produced the mock advertisement A New Design for TV Chair (Do You Know?), which asks: ‘How soon TV-chair will be available in most museums?’, ‘How soon artist will have their own TV channels?’, and ‘How soon wall to wall TV for video-art will be installed in most homes?’ Paik’s project addresses the development of technology and its impact on our future in a tone that is equal parts earnest and ironic.
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.