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Nam June Paik «German Pavilion: Marco Polo» | German Pavilion: Electronic Superhighway
Nam June Paik, «German Pavilion: Marco Polo», 1993
German Pavilion: Electronic Superhighway | Photograph: Roman Mensing/ | © Nam June Paik
Paik developed the idea of an 'Electronic Superhighway' as early as 1974 in his text 'Media Planning for the Postindustrial Society'. In 1992 Bill Clinton made building a 5 billion dollar 'Data Superhighway' the central plank of [more]more

 Nam June Paik
«German Pavilion: Marco Polo»

Nam June Paik was invited to represent Germany at the Venice Biennial with Hans Haacke in 1993. Hans Haacke used the central space in the pavilion and Paik used the two side wings and the exterior. The jury awarded him a 'Golden Lion'. Paik's central motif is the connection between Asia and Europe, which Marco Polo first described in his famous journey from Venice to Ulan Bator. Thus this figure represents Marco Polo's metamorphosis in an age of global media communication.