28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Paik (Nein, Ich bin ein Experimentalist)

Paik (Nein, Ich bin ein Experimentalist)

director: Michael Bielický
original title: Paik (Nein, Ich bin ein Experimentalist)
country: Germany
year: 1986
running time: 4 min.


This video portrait of Nam June Paik was made during Bielický’s studies in Düsseldorf. Paik’s gaze steadily confronts the lens of a camera attached to the iconic Paik-Abe video synthesizer, his face dissolving in the mutating video signal.


Michael Bielický is a Prague native who has lived in Germany since 1969. He belongs to the generation of visual artists from the 1980s who adopted video as their medium. He has created single-channel works, installations, and video sculptures that make use of a television signal. His artistic conception combines information technology with magic, Kabbalah, and the history of cinema. In 1991 he co-founded the School of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, which he led until 2006. He is now a professor and the head of the Department of New Media at HfG Karlsruhe.

more about film

director: Michael Bielický
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe Media
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas