Nam June Paik

Kill Pop-Art! Robot-Opera (N.J. Paik)

Nam June Paik Kill Pop-Art! Robot-Opera (N.J. Paik), Alternate Projects


Nam June Paik
Kill Pop-Art! Robot-Opera (N.J. Paik), 1964
Two-sided tri-fold flyer, black and white offset on white paper. Photo by Peter Moore.
8 1/2h x 11w in
21.59h x 27.94w cm

$ 800

Program published in conjunction with the performance of Nam June Paik's "Robot Opera" featuring Charlotte Moorman on cello and his Robot K-456. "The robot’s solo act was titled, Robot Opera (1964), but the title was thrown around loosely. Between 1964 and 1965, a specific performance with Moorman, a concert of works by multiple composers or just Paik, and several street theatre promenades all carried that name. What Robot Opera more clearly designates is the operatic and sci-fi inflected style that both artists brought to their collaboration when the robot worked as much as when it failed." -- from Sophie Landres, "The First Non-Human Action Artist Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik in Robot Opera," in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Vol. 40, No. 1 (January 2018), pp. 11-25.