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Nam June Paik
The 1977 'documenta' show, which became known as the 'media documenta', opened its doors with a live satellite telecast from Kassel. The public broadcasting companies Hessisches Rundfunk and WDR invited three artists to present a 10-minute programme respectively. As well as Joseph Beuys and Douglas Davis, Nam June Paik appeared together with Charlotte Moorman and used the slot for a Dadaistic, allusive excursion through his performance and installation works. However, the committment of the ARD network did not end with the opening broadcast:
'WDR television is allowing the broadcasting of various videotapes on nine different evenings as part of the 'documenta 6'. The series of broadcasts will allow people to view in their own homes art-works on show at the 'documenta'. The programmes will broadcast art – of varying, even antithetical, styles – as opposed to mere coverage of art,' said Wulf Herzogenrath, Curator of Media at the 'documenta 6'.