THE FUTURE IS NOW
ArtistJoseph Beuys and Nam June Paik
Video, single channel, 4:3 format, colour, sound, 1 hr 2 min 10 sec
Courtesy of Medienarchiv Joseph Beuys, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Image © Joseph Beuys/BILD-KUNST, Bonn—SACK, Seoul, 2021
Documentation of performance at the Seibu Museum of Art, Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo, 2 June 1984
Coyote III was Paik’s and Beuys’ last collaborative performance. It was held in Tokyo, where their solo exhibitions were happening at the same time. While traveling to Tokyo together they came up with the idea for a joint performance. It featured two grand pianos on stage: while Beuys scribbled on a blackboard and howled like a coyote, an important animal in his personal mythology, Paik played the “Moonlight Sonata” and other songs related to the moon from Korea and Japan. He believed the moon was another shared motif in their work.