Something Pacific: bronze Buddha contemplating old tv monitor on grassy mound near UCSD Media Center
Paik's Something Pacific for the Stuart Collection was his first permanent outdoor installation. This work relates specifically to its site, which includes the lobby of the university's Media Center as well as the lawns surrounding the building. Outdoors, the work features several ruined televisions embedded in the landscape; some are paired with Buddhas, and one, a tiny Sony Watchman, is topped by a miniature reproduction of Rodin's Thinker. In striking contrast to this video graveyard, the lobby of the Media Center houses one of Paik's lively interactive banks of TV monitors. By means of a control panel, viewers are able to manipulate sequences of Paik's own tapes and broadcast MTV.
"This is what Nam June called the ET Buddha staring into an old Predicta TV. All the old TVs are American-made TVs." - Mary Beebe, Stuart Collection Director
- Creation Date
Media Center: University of California, San Diego; La Jolla, California, United States
- Physical Description
television receivers; bronze (metal); mixed media
- Corporate Name
Point: 32.881197, -117.239983
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Film, Audio, Video and Digital Art
Science, Technology and Industry
Sculpture and Installations
- Rights Holder
- Cohen, Becky (American photographer, contemporary)
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