Image: Family of Robot: High Tech Child
(Seoul, Korea, 1932 - 2006, Miami, Florida)

Family of Robot: High Tech Child , 1987

Color televisions in aluminum frame on 1950s RCA table model cabinet with paint and video
79 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 26 in. (202 x 113 x 66 cm)
Purchased with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Irving Sands and the Museum Acquisition Fund
1987.30 a-s
side view, detail
side view, installed in galleries
base of object, detail, installation view
Nam June Paik, considered a father of video art, recognized the tremendous impact television has had on human perception of the world and saw it as a tool of great artistic potential. His humorous but telling representation of the child of the future—or perhaps the present—has its roots in a past both technological and artistic. The younger generation robot made of sleek metal televisions stands on a more dated wooden model, suggesting the medium’s history. Paik also raises the timeless issue of a younger generation emerging from, and eventually supplanting, its parents.
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