THE FUTURE IS NOW
TV Bra for Living Sculpture
ArtistNam June Paik
Two three-inch cathode ray tubes, acrylic, miniature cathode ray tube television casings and electronics, vinyl straps, safety pins, rheostat, foot switches, adhesive tape and cables
Collection of the Estate of Nam June Paik
Paik said in 1969, “the real issue implied in Art and Technology is not to make another scientific toy, but how to humanize the technology […]. By using TV as bra […] the most intimate belonging of [a] human being, we will […] stimulate [the viewers’] phantasy to look for the new, imaginative and humanistic ways of using our technology.” Moorman usually wore TV Bra while playing a traditional cello, as the monitors displayed live TV, recorded tapes or the video feed from a closed-circuit camera. In some versions, images were distorted by converting the sounds picked up by a microphone.