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Nam June Paik - Global Groove 2004

Global Groove 2004 Nam June Paik's celebration of our media artworld will transform the Deutsche Guggenheim galleries into a dynamic space of surfaces and screens filled with moving images. Global Groove 2004, Paik's first major art installation since his laser projects created for his retrospective "The Worlds of Nam June Paik" at the Guggenheim Museum, celebrates his return to Berlin the site of many of his triumphs as an artist.

Global Groove, 1973
Video Still
© Electronic Arts Intermix

Global Groove 2004 takes its title from Paik's legendary videotape Global Groove (1973) which proclaimed the future of a global artist's television. Broadcast in 1974 on WNET/Thirteen in New York, Nam June Paik’s multifaceted Global Groove, would become one of the most influential and legendary examples of video art. Produced in 1973 at WNET’s Artists’ Television Laboratory and made in collaboration with John J. Godfrey, Global Groove took an all-encompassing view of culture that epitomized Paik’s approach to television and the medium of video for broadcast. It transformed the broadcast studio into an experimental venue for dancers, musicians, and performance artists. Global Groove integrates and unites diverse elements— films and videotapes by other artists, interviews and voiceovers (including appearances by Allen Ginsberg and John Cage), pop music (such as Devil with a Blue Dress On by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels), appropriated commercials and broadcast fragments—in a series of short segments driven by a rapid, energetic pace and comprehensive image processing.
In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Global Groove broadcast, Global Groove 2004 presents an installation that will feature Paik's global television projects from the late 1960s and 1970s. Re-mixed with Global Groove will be the single-channel works 9/23 Experiment with David Atwood (1969), Suite 212 (1977), and Merce by Merce by Paik (1975-78) all of which celebrate his distinctive image processing and his collaborations with the likes of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Allen Ginsberg.

The exhibition’s installation utilizes elements of Paik’s signature “videowalls”: monitors installed in compact grids for the purpose of cacophonously orchestrated video screenings. Global Groove 2004 features videowall components organized into new architectural elements, creating a dynamic environment in which to encounter a remix of Paik’s work in video and for television.

Encircling these elements of moving images is One Candle (Candle Projection) (1988), one of the artist’s closed-circuit works. A video camera captures the moving image of a burning candle, which is projected large-scale onto all four walls of the gallery. The flame creates a vibrant background matching the immediacy of the electronic image.

Global Groove, 1973
Video Still
© Electronic Arts Intermix

Global Groove 2004 is a vast and vibrant video collage and celebration of media, new music, and performance art that will fill the gallery space. In this new media art environment the artist reflects on a lifetime of creative innovation and creates an agora in the Deutsche Guggenheim, a place where people can gather and celebrate a kaleidoscopic media artworld.

installation shot
nam june paik: global groove 2004
photo: mathias schormann

The video wall components for Global Groove 2004 are made possible by Samsung Electronics.

Read following articles about the exhibition at www.db-art.info, Deutsche Bank's online art magazine:

- Get into the Global Groove: Nam June Paik in the Deutsche Guggenheim
- More Utopia than Ever Before: Media Art and the Public Image from Nam June Paik's 'Participation TV' to the Big Brother Shows
- Sex, Zen and Videotapes: Nam June Paik's Dream of a Humane Technology

- Global Groove 2004: Nam June Paik in the Deutsche Guggenheim

art at work
- Global Groove 2004: Nam June Paiks Electronic Stage