The Art of Noise: Video Art from Nam June Paik

Video art is a relatively new artistic medium which came about in the 1960s and 70s. Unlike its close relative, film, it does not rely on theatrical convention. Video art is often devoid of actors, dialogue, and plot, focusing instead on the qualities of image and sound. Many video artists create large scale installations in which multiple television or computer screens are grouped together into a larger vision which may contain other artistic elements such as sculpture. One of the pioneers of video art was the Korean American artist Nam June Paik, featured in the video below from a retrospective of his work at the Tate Gallery Liverpool titled Noise.

Shooting in Reverse: Nightmares in Red from Twin Peaks

We could hardly explore red without a nod to David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks, which featured several scenes in the dream world of the Red Lodge. This is Agent Cooper’s dream which helps him eventually solve the central mystery of the show, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. It is an unusual scene because of the technique Lynch used to create the strangeness of this dimly-lit red tinged world. The actors had to speak their lines backwards (putting syllables in reverse order), while performing actions normally. Lynch then reversed the film, so that the words came out in the proper order, although oddly accentuated (he would add subtitles to make sure they were clear), while the movements came out jerky and strange since they had been reversed. Spooky, no?

Video via acqueprofonde86 on Youtube.