“Participation TV” – Nam June Paik

Created in 1969, “Participation TV” employs the use of two microphones to manipulate a series of patterns on a TV set. The piece was miles ahead of its time, effectively integrating audience participation with what was considered a primarily one-way broadcast medium. Prior to the boom in interactive digital media in the decades leading up to the new millennium, “Participation TV” stands out as an early forerunner to the interactive systems that we now recognize as standard. Given that the work employs the human voice to function, it can be taken as a visual metaphor for the communicative power of technology.

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“Participation TV” – Nam June Paik

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