Wednesday, February 01, 2006
As some of you know, I'm teaching an Internet Art class in the Computer Arts program at the School of Visual Arts. We took time yesterday to think about Nam June Paik's work and career. It was a way of paying homage. It was also a way of thinking about how his experiments in music composition contributed to video art as we know it. I'm trying to help them think about several artists' oeuvres, not just in the context of their media but of their lives. It seemed fitting, then, to take a step back from the Internet and think about how other intermedia artists were thinking and creating and living. As we were thinking about Paik's life and death, we began to talk about our own lives, being young or old, where we wanted to go with our work, and how we wanted to get there. It felt like a departure from our other conversations about the medium, but I said to them, This is an important conversation for our work because life is a time-based art. I was happy to come to that language because it helped me get right to what I've been trying to say this semester about sculpting moments in one's life. I'm writing it down so I can remember.