THE FUTURE IS NOW
ArtistNam June Paik
Closed circuit television camera, chair, acrylic and black and white cathode-ray tube television
83.8 x 43.2 x 38.1 cm
Collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Image © Estate of Nam June Paik; photo: Jon Huffman
Paik predicted that video technologies would become so ingrained in our daily lives that they would blend in with our living environments, taking the form of video furniture and video walls.
TV Chair plays with this notion by proposing an absurd piece of video furniture which seems to mock people’s obsession with their own image. A CCTV camera points down at a chair with a TV under its transparent seat. The screen displays the live video feedback from the camera, but its position makes it very hard to see yourself in the screen without blocking it.