Moon Is the Oldest TV

02023-03-01 | Art, Movies | 2 comments

I love, love, love that title:
Moon is the oldest TV

Amanda Kim’s new documentary Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV starts somewhere in the middle. It’s the 1950s, and within the first 20 minutes, we see the artist tranquilly playing a piano composition by Arnold Schoenberg, the Austrian composer who ushered in a new kind of musical modernism. It’s hardly the Paik most people know.

Paik’s wild videos, sculptures, and performances exude a madcap creativity that’s all too rare these days. And so it feels like a relief when, a few minutes later, Paik can be seen slamming his fist against another piano, creating jolting stabs of sound. That’s more like it.

Review: Nam June Paik Sundance Film Explores His Korean Heritage –


  1. anne

    yes, so true too.
    Looking at a bright full moon now

  2. anne

    another one – big and bright
    this time, low in the night sky, peeking through the leafless branches
    a spooky moon…


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