Media Buddha

TV Buddha is, hands down, one of the most brilliant of Paik’s video installations. Although the photographs shown here are of a 2002 version of the  original 1974 piece, it nonetheless demonstrates a level of awareness and artistic depth that was way ahead of its time, in relation to both its use of technology, as well as its sociopolitical and cultural implications.

This installation is so powerful it speaks for itself. The notion of not only intertwining Western technology with ancient Eastern spirituality, but also forcing these elements into a mode of constant surveillance (or perhaps contemplation?) offers the viewer a strong dose of what effects mass media can/does/will have over society and the individual.