Connecting with Nam June Paik’s Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

A piece I really enjoyed looking at and learning about recently was the Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii by June Paik. The piece features several dimensions, including sculpture, lighting, and audio recordings, all worked together to create a visual and auditory experience that the author loosely identifies with feeling of traveling the interstate highway systems in the United States. The piece offers flashing photographic images that are intended to replicate the feeling of driving quickly in a car, relevant infographics representing each state, and the images that one would see on specific roadways as they crossed the United States. I was interested in the way it uses technology infused into traditional art to create something of a simulation experience, and I think this idea is one that we mentioned is integral to the point of digital design. Using modern resources and technology to advance the capabilities of traditional, hand created art makes the visual experience of that art even better.

Link to piece

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