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Nam June Paik, TV Brassiere for Living Sculpture (Charlotte Moorman) (1969)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
TV Brassiere for Living Sculpture (Charlotte Moorman) is one sharp example to humanize electronics . . . and technology. By using TV as bra . . . the most intimate belonging of human being, we will demonstrate the human use of technology, and also stimulate viewers, NOT for something mean, by stimulate their phantasy [sic] to look for the new, imaginative, and humanistic ways of using our technology. --Nam June Paik, 1969

Nam June Paik is widely considered the father of video art, which incorporates television as an art object and as a medium for expression. At times associated with Fluxus, Paik orchestrated various video installations and performances throughout the 1960s. TV Bra for Living Sculpture is one of several objects Paik designed to be used in performances by the late avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman (1933­1991). By wearing the bra in her performances, Moorman became "living sculpture," her action fully integrated with the action of the television screens.

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Source: Label text for Nam June Paik, TV Brassiere for Living Sculpture (Charlotte Moorman) (1969), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.
Rights: Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009