Featuring the Nam June Paik artwork TV Crown, 1965/1999.
Manipulated television, audio generators, audio amplifier, and capacitor/battery.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of the Hakuta family.
TV Crown consists of a modified TV hooked up to two audio generators and an amplifier. Paik rewired the monitor so that the display is not coming from a broadcast or video signal, but from the real-time translation of audio waves into a visual line and patterns. The work was originally conceived as interactive: adjusting the audio generators changes the shape of the image and adjusting the amplitude changes its cadence and pace.